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    Smile a discipline fetished by the right

    The "Republican war on science" has evidently opened a new front: economics, a discipline often fetishized by the right.

    In a startling article published July 4, the Guardian reports that in a "secret" study, a World Bank senior economist concluded that the recent explosion in biofuels use has driven global food prices up by 75 percent -- a number much higher than estimates from other major sources. The USDA -- which has vigorously defended President Bush's seemingly bottomless support for crop-based fuels -- claims biofuels account for only 3 percent of recent food price hikes.
    Hello! Could someone else tell me what the phrase hightlighted in blue means? And What does 'the right' refer to?

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    Re: a discipline fetished by the right

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello! Could someone else tell me what the phrase hightlighted in blue means? And What does 'the right' refer to?

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    (not a professional teacher). Here "the right" refers to a political leaning. To fetishize something is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "To make a fetish of; to pay undue respect to, to overvalue." This relates to one defintion of "fetish" as "Something irrationally reverenced". The term fetishize seems to be used a lot in political contexts, when the person using the word is trying to say that those who share a certain political viewpoint are irrationally attached to a particular idea or philosophy, revering it as though it were a fetish.

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    Lightbulb Re: a discipline fetished by the right

    Thank you, Stuartnz. The answer is helpful.

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    Re: a discipline fetished by the right

    Politics is seen as dividing into a Right and a Left ever since the French Revolution, when those members of the National Assembly who opposed the monarchy sat on the left, while those who supported the monarchy sat on the right.
    When we refer to Right-wing politics, or someone whose politics are to the right, we are referring to this idea of a grouping or political party favoring conservative views and supporting capitalist economic principles. Right-wing politics are often linked to moral and social conservatism, law and order, and religion. Hence, because Right-wing politics staunchly believes in capitalism, they defend and revere the economic principles of capitalism. Here, 'fetishized' is being used in the sense of having a sense of commitment to these economic principles to the point of an obsession (which is the basis of a fetish).

    The Left is a group or party favoring liberal, socialist, or radical views, and Left-wing politics are often linked with redistribution of wealth and resources towards the poorer or less successful, unfairly disadvantaged sections of society and with secularism. Hence, Communism would be seen as the extreme Left-wing.
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    Re: a discipline fetished by the right

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Politics is seen as dividing into a Right and a Left ever since the French Revolution, when those members of the National Assembly who opposed the monarchy sat on the left, while those who supported the monarchy sat on the right.
    Nice to know that the Wikipedia page I linked to in my post got it right.

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