The Left argues in favour of social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. It typically involves a concern for those in society whom its adherents perceive as disadvantaged relative to others (prioritarianism), as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished (by advocating for social justice). The term left wing can also refer to “the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system”.
The political terms Left and Right were coined during the French Revolution (1789–1799), referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General: those who sat on the left generally opposed the monarchy and supported the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularisation, while those on the right were supportive of the traditional institutions of the Old Regime. Use of the term “Left” became more prominent after the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815 when it was applied to the “Independents”. The word “wing” was appended to Left and Right in the late 19th century, usually with disparaging intent, and “left-wing” was applied to those who were unorthodox in their religious or political views.
The term was later applied to a number of movements, especially republicanism during the French Revolution in the 18th century, followed by socialism, communism, anarchism, and social democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, the term left-wing has been applied to a broad range of movements including civil rights movements, feminist movements, anti-war movements, and environmental movements, as well as a wide range of parties.
According to author Barry Clark, “Leftists […] claim that human development flourishes when individuals engage in cooperative, mutually respectful relations that can thrive only when excessive differences in status, power, and wealth are eliminated.”
This point of view is associated with collectivism, which is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the group and its interests over those of the individual. Collectivism is the opposite of individualism. Collectivists focus on communal, societal, or national interests in various types of political, economic, and educational systems.
Collectivism stifles individuality and diversity by insisting upon a common social identity, such as nationalism or some other group focus. Furthermore, collectivism is linked to statism and the diminution of freedom when political authority is used to advance collectivist goals. For this reason, we include collectivist ideologies that have been traditionally classed as right-wing, such as Fascism, on this page because they are in opposition to liberal democracy and free trade.
The Left, and its associated collectivist ideologies, is a major threat to Western culture and values as it poses a direct ideological challenge to the Enlightenment ideas of individual freedom upon which Western society is based. Consequently, large sections of the website are dedicated to the study and analysis of The Left as an ideology and there are also articles about organisations and individuals that present a direct threat to Europe and the West. We also have a blog category dedicated to The Left, where we regularly publish analytical posts and news articles about their activities.
Leftist Groups and Organisations
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