One of the things that greatly irks me in political discussions (including answers on Politics.SE) is the habit of people to state something like:
"X side of political spectrum is for Y, and the other side is against Y" - with no rigorous definition or what being "for Y" means, nor ANY evidence to back the claim up.
A typical example (on Politics.SE but quoted from Wikipedia) is the classic "left wing is for the Working class, right wing is for the wealthy".
Notice the problems (if you are being objective):
Your statement is impossible to either prove or falsify, due to lack of precision.
How do you define "working class"? Do I as a software developer work? Do only people performing physical labor "work"? (and does standing around the conveyor belt watching robots assembling cars considered physical labor? Does sitting in a cabin of a subway train pushing buttons count? Does it all over a sudden make me a worker if I'm a sysadmin and have to carry around servers once in a while? Do surgeons count? Do unemployed count - which according to Wikipedia some people include in "working class". Do unemployed bankers count?)
What is "left wing"? Do you include the Greens, who severely hurt workers in logging, coal and other energy industries? Do you include illegal immigration advocates, whose policies are generally considered left wing, but are a lot more supportive of wealthy employers who want cheap illegal labour, than poor workers whose face competition from that cheap labour? (yes, I know, that's a controversial statement. I'm using it as an example of a nuance, not as absolute truth).
What do you mean being "for" working class? There are well founded arguments that the poor on average - in absolute way - live a significantly better life in USA than USSR. Are the union people who helped run Hostess into the ground "for" the poor who now have 15,000 jobs less for them? (again, this is an example, not an invitation to discuss if it was more the fault of the union, management, or "healthy eating" advocates that drove Hostess into the ground).
If a policy benefits the wealthy short term at the expense of the poor, BUT benefits the poor long term, are you for the wealthy or for the poor?
Most importantly, even if you define "working class" and "left" and even "being for" precisely, what is your proof that "left wing" satisfies these definitions and right wing does not???
Did you include a well executed poll among what you defined as "right wing" that shows their preference to hurt the working class? Or statements from political leaders of "right wing" that claim they are against "working class"?
Or the opposite, do you have any proof that policies officially advocated (with proof) by what you defined as "left wing" demonstrably benefit "working class"? With proof that they are the cause of benefit (as opposed to correlation)? With proof that the policy is sustainable?
- In other words, you can probably argue solidly that taking 100% of net worth from individuals whose net worth is >$1mm and evenly dividing them between those with
Did you present (or at least hint at) the proof that the policies advocated by however you defined "right wing" hurt the poor long term, with causation chain? Have you made a clear distinction between "hurt the poor" and "increase the wealth disparity"?
My question is, how do we as a community feel about such vague unsupported claims presented as "facts" in answers?
Do we prohibit them and strong encourage to downvote any answer which relies on such a claim?
Do we not care?