This is possibly the most clearly described difference between the political left and right I have seen lately.
"So, it goes without saying that the political left and political right are as far apart as any two philosophies could possibly be. Whether realizing it or not, one stands for socialism, a system where all power rests in the hands of government. The other sees power resting with the people, that which is spelled out in the Constitution.
One believes government must control all production and commerce. The other believes production and commerce can only reach its potential through unbridled entrepreneurship.
One believes only government, not the individual, has the ability to fulfill man’s never-ending needs. The other believes only the individual can overcome the challenges of society."
Read the remainder of the essay at Politically Incorrect Club