The Economist is a left leaning British Economics magazine. Many on the far FAR left claim that they're right leaning, because they aren't as rabidly anti-business and anti-economics as they are. But you only need to look at the Economist's views on Global Warming, Israel, American Conservatives/Republicans and other issues to realize they are not socially conservative, they're not fiscally conservative (they were against the austerity that helped many countries). The only thing I can find that makes them "right wing", is that they're slightly less rabidly left than most of the British News.
Now in truth, they might be centrist by European (collectivist/anti-individualist) standards, but that makes them left-wing to Americans. Examples include: 2 items
|New Jersey and the Economist - |
|2019.03.28 Labelled Ben Shapiro Alt-Right - The Economist published an interview with Ben Shapiro, timed to the release of his new book, and decided to frame Shapiro as “Inside the mind of the alt-right sage without the rage”. Ben is a devout Jew, and been one of the leading critics of the alt-right... and the feeling was mutual. Economist tried to defend their position, but the informed were smacking them around too hard, and they had to retract.
Other positions include:
- They were against individualism/rights and opposed leaving the EU
- They do flip on some local election -- but they were for John Kerry, Barack Obama (twice), Hillary Clinton -- none of those were the conservative, right, or pro-economics positions to take. So for the last 20 years, they haven't been right/center on American candidates
- While they supporter Iraq Invasion in 2003... then they took the far left position after that, saying that this was one of their biggest mistakes (it wasn't)
- They're far left (and anti-economic) on Global Warming scare mongering
- They are pro-Drug legalization (which I agree with), but that's a left wing position
- They are pro-Same Sex Marriage (which I agree with), but that's a left wing position
- They are pro-Gun Control (anti-individual liberty and anti-Constitution)
Are you seeing a pattern? In Europe, left and right mean different things than in the U.S. -- but by the U.S. standard, they aren't conservative (either economically or socially), individualist, Constitutionalist, pro-Nationalist, or pretty much any of the things that Americans would call "right wing" or centrist.