Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in critique of social hierarchy. Left-wing politics typically involves a concern for those in society whom its adherents perceive as disadvantaged relative to others as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished. According to emeritus professor of economics Barry Clark, left-wing supporters "claim that human development flourishes when individuals engage in cooperative, mutual
From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In politics, left-wing is a position that supports social equality and egalitarianism. What a person means by left-wing depends on where the person lives. In Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand left-wing politics is often associated with social democracy and democratic socialism.
The following is a list of left-wing political parties. It includes parties from the centre-left to the far and ultra left. Active
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jump to navigation Jump to search. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Left-wing politics. Politics portal. The main article for this category is Left-wing politics. This category is often contrasted with Right-wing politics.
- Contemporary terminology
The left–right political spectrum is a system of classifying political positions, ideologies and parties based on issues of social equality and social hierarchy. In addition to positions on the Left and on the Right, there are centrists or moderates who are not strongly aligned with either extreme. There are those who view the left-right political spectrum as overly simplistic, and who reject this method of classifying political stands, suggesting instead some other system, such as a two...
The terms "left" and "right" appeared during the French Revolution of 1789 when members of the National Assembly divided into supporters of the king to the president's right and supporters of the revolution to his left. One deputy, the Baron de Gauville, explained: "We began to r
Generally, the left-wing is characterized by an emphasis on "ideas such as freedom, equality, fraternity, rights, progress, reform and internationalism" while the right-wing is characterized by an emphasis on "notions such as authority, hierarchy, order, duty, tradition, reaction
Political scientists have observed that the ideologies of political parties can be mapped along a single left–right axis. Klaus von Beyme categorized European parties into nine families, which described most parties. Beyme was able to arrange seven of them from left to ...
In the 2001 book The Government and Politics of France, Andrew Knapp and Vincent Wright say that the main factor dividing the left and right wings in Western Europe is class. The left seeks social justice through redistributive social and economic policies, while the Right defend
A 2005 Harris Poll of American adults showed that the terms left wing and right wing were less familiar to Americans than the terms liberal or conservative. Peter Berkowitz writes that in the U.S., the term liberal "commonly denotes the left wing of the Democratic Party" and has
American libertarian writer David Boaz argued that the political terms Left and Right are used to spin a particular point of view rather than as simple descriptors, with those on the Left typically emphasizing their support for working people and accusing the right of supporting the interests of the upper class; and those on the Right usually emphasizing their support for individualism and accusing the Left of supporting collectivism. Boaz asserts that arguments about the way these terms should
Left-wing politics supports systems and infrastructures, which are regulated and owned by the government. Right-wing politics supports systems and infrastructures, which are regulated and owned by the private sector, such as businesses and corporations. The core difference between these two parties is who has the power to control and own things.
Although left-wing politics came to the United States in the 19th century, there are no major left-wing political parties in the United States. Academic scholars have long studied the reasons why no viable socialist parties have emerged in the United States.
- General positions
Right-wing politics embraces the view that certain social orders and hierarchies are inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable, typically supporting this position on the basis of natural law, economics, or tradition., 721 Hierarchy and inequality may be seen as natural results of traditional social differences or competition in market economies. The term right-wing can generally refer to "the conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system". In Europe, economic conservatives a
According to The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought, the Right has gone through five distinct historical stages: The reactionary right sought a return to aristocracy and established religion. The moderate right distrusted intellectuals and sought limited government. The radical right favored a romantic and aggressive form of nationalism. The extreme right proposed anti-immigration policies and implicit racism. The neo-liberal right sought to combine a market economy and eco
The meaning of right-wing "varies across societies, historical epochs, and political systems and ideologies." According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, in liberal democracies, the political right opposes socialism and social democracy. Right-wing parties include conservatives, Christian democrats, classical liberals, and nationalists, as well as fascists on the far-right.
The original use of the term "right-wing", relative to communism, placed the conservatives on the right, the liberals in the centre and the communists on the left. Both the conservatives and the liberals were strongly anti-communist. The history of the use of the term right-wing
In France after the French Revolution, the Right fought against the rising power of those who had grown rich through commerce, and sought to preserve the rights of the hereditary nobility. They were uncomfortable with capitalism, the Enlightenment, individualism, and industrialis
In France, nationalism was originally a left-wing and Republican ideology. After the period of boulangisme and the Dreyfus Affair, nationalism became a trait of the right-wing. Right-wing nationalists sought to define and defend a "true" national identity from elements which they
Far-left politics are politics further to the left of the left–right political spectrum than the standard political left. There are different definitions of the far-left. Some scholars define it as representing the left of social democracy while others limit it to the left of communist parties .