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After the execution of the king January 1793, the revolutionists sitting on the left benches in the Convention called for, and implemented, an extraordinarily swift and radical fundamental overhaul of the existing political system; the ancien régime was wiped away and the libertéégalité fraternité utopian fantasies of the Jacobins forcibly put in place with subsequent catastrophic results. The benches on the right sat empty. The right, over time, came to be understood as those who support a less rapid form of change, and those on the left a more vigorous and swift form. In the American political scene of the present day, these terms have shifting meanings and not all agree as to which are correct and which are not. The Revenge Tour Canceled Ohio State Buckeyes Michigan Shirt in clearly understanding and applying these terms in reportage, analysis, conversation, and debate, and the general confusion that they now cause suggests the need for a re-assessment of their applicability and value. The RightLeft divide is not what it seems. American politics is now about philosophy and not at all about policy. Politics has become philosophy by other means to shamelessly paraphrase von Clausewitz.