supports social equality and egalitarianism

Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy. It 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.The political terms "Left" and "Right" were coined during the French Revolution (1789–1799), referring to the seating arrangement in the French Estates General: those who sat on the left generally opposed the monarchy and supported the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularization, 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 emeritus professor of economics, 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"..
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Letters to the Heretics: Correspondence with the Leaders of the New Italian Left

1977 satirical forgery, an epistolary apocryphally attributed to Enrico Berlinguer (head of the Italian Communist Party) and presented as a text by Einaudi Editore, with an apocryphal preface of Giulio Einaudi, founder of the publisher Einaudi

author: Pier Franco Ghisleni


Die Utopie steht links!

author: Andreas Heyer


51. Lives on the left

author: Stefan Berger


Jews and Leftist Politics

author: Jack Lester Jacobs

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