I'm reminded of this quote:
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I succumb often to wanting to be a small mind though I aspire for great ideas ;). I think it really depends though how you define right wing, left wing and the middle.
People make allusions to Bush as being a "Nazi" or anyone they think of as extreme "right wing" but Nazi stood for the National Socialist Party. Most statist/autocratic ideologies - fascism, nazi, socialism, and marxism found inspiration for their core ideas in a singular book - Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (set to the year 2000) which was a vision of efficiency and servitude to the state.
Most of his ideas still thrive amongst those here who believe that profit in private institutions is an inefficiency/waste without recognizing the incentives they create for innovation (which also is a cause of profit).
That said, I think most people would say that anyone who openly declares themselves as a Marxist is radically left wing, but that's probably not your initial thought/impression of the Dalai Lama:http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/im-a-marxist-says-dalai-lama-but-agrees-capitalism-has-helped-china/story-e6frfku0-1225869459169
So color me befuddled. I'm a social liberal and an economic conservative. I'm probably pretty extreme when it comes to both but being a libertarian sets me apart from the positions advocated by either party in the US let alone any in Canada.