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  Left-wing politics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In politics, left-wing, the political left or simply The Left are terms that refer to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism or social democracy, or in the United States, American liberalism.
Left-wing opposition to war is also often characterised by the internationalist belief that the world's workers share common interests with one another, rather than with the powers governing their respective countries.
In Spain, the response to the Madrid bombings was an anti-war move to the left with the election of a social democratic government.
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 Left communism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Left Communism is a term describing a whole range of communist viewpoints which oppose the political ideas of the Bolsheviks from a position which is asserted to be more authentically Marxist and proletarian than the views held by the Communist International after its first two Congresses.
The Italian Left Communists were named Left Communists at a later stage in their development, but when the Communist Party of Italy was founded they were actually the majority of Communists in that country.
Left Communists entered a period of constant decline from this point onwards, although they were somewhat rejuvenated by the events of 1968.
www.northmiami.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Left_Communism   (4073 words)

 Encyclopedia: Left Opposition
The Left Opposition was a faction within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during 1923-1927.
Leon Trotsky was the de-facto leader of the Left Opposition.
Nearly all members of the Left Opposition in the USSR were executed during the Moscow Trials of the Great Purge.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Left-Opposition   (1479 words)

 Left Opposition -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Left Opposition was a faction within the (Click link for more info and facts about Communist Party of the Soviet Union) Communist Party of the Soviet Union during 1923-1927.
It was formed as part of the power struggle within the party leadership that began with (Russian founder of the Bolsheviks and leader of the Russian Revolution and first head of the USSR (1870-1924)) Lenin's illness and intensified with his death.
After (Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian state by purging all opposition (1879-1953)) Stalin consolidated his power, the Left Opposition was banned, and its members were expelled from the party.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/l/le/left_opposition.htm   (568 words)

 Articles - Left communism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The year 1925 was a turning point for the Italian left as it was the year that the so-called Bolshevisation took place in the sections of the Communist International.
The Italian Left Fraction was for the rest of the 1930s led by Ottorino Perrone, although it was fiercely opposed to the cult of the personality which was developing in the Comintern around Stalin in these years and resisted similar pressures in its own organisation.
Left communism should not be confused with the Trotskyist Left Opposition or any of its various present-day descendants.
www.lastring.com /articles/Left_communism?mySession=ea999d9c2b50c88a9f9756463b16e88b   (4037 words)

 Gnassingbe sworn in, opposition left with limited options   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The opposition -- who were in the wilderness for the four decades that Gnassingbe's father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, held sway -- may be digging in their heels, but diplomats say they do not have much of a long-term strategy.
For the opposition, the only alternative to political negotiation is continued resistance but many of its young activists have already fled across the border or escaped to rural Togo to stay with family.
Some of the young opposition activists resent the fact that they were risking their lives fighting on the streets while their elderly leaders, including 74-year-old presidential candidate Emmanuel Bob-Akitani, were hidden away in safe houses.
www.irinnews.org /print.asp?ReportID=46945   (1253 words)

 Glossary of Organisations: Le   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Left Opposition was formed in Russia 1923 in response to the rising tide of Stalinism.
The opposition was labelled as Trotskyist (because Trotsky was the defacto leader of the opposition), while the right side of the party was referred to as Stalinist (because Stalin was the defacto leader).
The left opposition supported the permanent revolution theory, while the right supported Socialism is one country.
www.marxists.org /glossary/orgs/l/e.htm   (1349 words)

 Infoshop.org - Anarchists Against War - SOME FURTHER NOTES ON LEFT-LIBERTARIAN OPPOSITION TO WAR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
But the left was gravely split on the issue of war, both because of the rise of the USSR and the development of Fascism in a number of countries.
They had agreed to suspend their struggle for revolutionary change and had gained only a brutalization of life, and the strengthening of the state authority in opposition to the self-managed collectives, commit tees and other organizations of the ordinary people.
Some on the left, including anarchists, libertarian socialists and council communists, who had opposed cooperating with any ruling class during World War I argued that the new conditions required new tactics.
www.infoshop.org /octo/antiwar5.php   (2417 words)

 Articles - Right Opposition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Trotsky argued that his tendency, the Left Opposition, represented the internationalist traditions of the working class.
The tendency led by Stalin was described as being in the centre, based on the state and party bureaucracy, tending to shift alliances between the left and the right.
Indeed, a "left wing" which agreed with Trotsky and supported world revolution could be found in almost every section of the Communist International (Comintern), just as representatives of Stalinism and the idea of "Socialism in One Country" could also be found.
www.worldhammock.com /articles/International_Communist_Opposition   (1377 words)

 History of British Trotskyism - Part One - Fighting Against the Stream - The Origins and Early Years [Section 1]
He launched the Left Opposition in late 1923 after the failure of the German Revolution in an attempt to defend the fundamental ideas of Lenin which were being systematically revised and discarded.
Despite the demands of the Left Opposition for the Soviet trade unions to break with the British TUC over their betrayal of the strike and resign from the Anglo-Russian committee, the Stalinists instead held on to their coat-tails, until they were unceremoniously dropped by their fair-weather friends.
Alarmed, the Stalin faction broke with Bukharin and adopted a programme that was a caricature of that of the Left Opposition.
www.marxist.com /hbt/1-1.html   (5017 words)

 Damien Durand: The birth of the Chinese Left Opposition - RH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The axis of the policy of Stalin and Bukharin was the subjection of the Chinese Communists to the Guomindang, the nationalist party which General Chiang Kai-shek succeeded in dominating after the death of its historic leader, Sun Yat-sen. [1] Its inevitable result was subjection to the political aims of the nationalist bourgeoisie.
The documents of the Opposition tried to warn the party of the dangers to which this policy was exposing the Chinese Revolution, as well as its inevitable repercussions on the USSR and the world revolution.
These members of the Opposition were to work in secret both inside and outside the party for the benefit of the Opposition, and in particular were to infiltrate the whole department devoted to the propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party.
www.marxists.org /history/etol/document/china/china03.htm   (9207 words)

 ATA News from Albania (96-06-01)
TIRANA, JUNE 1 (ATA)-Left opposition members of the May 26 electoral commissions in districts, that is, of the Socialist Party, the Social- Democratic Party and of the Democratic Alliance Party have been former senior officials of the State Security (Sigurimi), the newspaper Albania says today citing Interior Ministry sources.
Opposition party members of election commissions pulled out of voting upon instruction of respective parties' presidencies, three hours before polling closed on May 26, with the claim that elections were rigged by the party in power, DP.
Left wing opposition has demanded the resignation of some leaders of the Albanian government regarding the violence in the Scanderbeg Square, last Tuesday, when opposition clashed with police.
www.hri.org /news/balkans/ata/1996/96-06-01.ata.html   (2683 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Left over?
But all the evidence suggests that while the left may be small and elements of its leadership may be extreme, its general message is beginning to resonate well beyond its own borders.
While the left has managed to slow down the right, it is a long way from being in a position where it can set the agenda.
It is a testament to the left's strength that from the bleakest of scenarios they have created a space within which they are not just existing, but expanding.
www.guardian.co.uk /usa/story/0,12271,893062,00.html   (2749 words)

 ipedia.com: Left Opposition Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Left Opposition was a schism within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during 1923 - 1927 as a response to the strengthening of stalinism, with Leon Trotsky being its de-facto leader.
The Left Opposition was a schism within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during 1923-1927 as a response to the strengthening of stalinism, with Leon Trotsky being its de-facto leader.
It was meant to be an opposition within the Comintern but members were immediately expelled as soon as they joined (or were suspected of joining) the ILO.
www.ipedia.com /left_opposition.html   (276 words)

 How the FI was conceived
The organizational cohesion of the International Left Opposition was not seriously undertaken until the time of Trotsky's expulsion from the USSR and his arrival in Turkey, in February 1929.
A political document of a programmatic character, entitled The International Left Opposition--Its Tasks and Methods, was written by Trotsky, in December 1932, immediately after his return to Prinkipo from Copenhagen, where he had the opportunity of meeting about thirty of the most important leaders of the International Opposition.
Opposition to the new orientation was practically non-existent.
www.bolshevik.org /history/Tr-van.htm   (3047 words)

 The Left Opposition in Greece (1930)_PRIVATE __
This particular development of an isolated oppositionist tendency, which came to enter the International Left Opposition, provoked the interest of the International Bureau, and recently two representatives went to Greece to make a detailed study of the condition and the perspectives of the Greek Left Opposition.
Next to an official Communist party, which has left only a few weak traces of its existence in the political life of the Greek proletariat, an opposition movement is being built, organised in all the industrial cities of the country and in the countryside, and wielding a significant influence inside the trade union movement.
The experience of many years of struggle by the Greek Left Opposition, and the important successes which have been achieved, show that they are on a correct path.
www.revolutionary-history.co.uk /backiss/Vol3/No3/Molnokun.html   (2363 words)

 International Socialist Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
But the Democrats squandered the opportunity to define themselves as an opposition party—even though opinion polls showed a majority of the U.S. population thought the country was headed “in the wrong direction” and Bush was shown to have lied about the justification for the Iraq War.
The potential for building an antiwar opposition was shown first in the run-up to the war in Afghanistan in 2001, when tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out to protest the war before it began.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Left opposed U.S. imperialism as a matter of principle, and that generation of radicals was therefore trained in anti-imperialist politics.
www.isreview.org /issues/40/post911politics.shtml   (3323 words)

 BBC News | EUROPE | Left victorious in Poland
Polish voters have handed victory to the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), a party with roots in the country's former communist regime, exit polls show.
Exit polls suggest the Democratic Left is set to take around 41% of the vote, which would leave it just short of an outright majority in parliament.
The result, which was met with enormous cheers at the headquarters of the Democratic Left party, represents an enormous shift in the country's political landscape.
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/world/europe/newsid_1559000/1559787.stm   (471 words)

 TAP: Vol 4, Iss. 15. The Left's Obsessive Opposition. Richard Rothstein.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
First, Clinton's liberal critics forget the narrowness of his mandate; they are too quick to blame the absence of a strong working liberal majority in Congress on alleged lack of presidential leadership.
Perhaps liberals who have spent their entire lives in bitter opposition to Democratic and Republican presidents alike have no instincts on which to draw when a progressive leader, under siege, needs their support.
If so, this almost rote need to oppose by some on the left is but the latest tragic consequence of the Vietnam War.
www.prospect.org /print/V4/15/rothstein-r.html   (3272 words)

 Italy's left will recall Iraq troops: Prodi -DAWN - International; 28 March, 2004
ROME, March 27: The main voice of Italy's centre- left opposition, European Commission chief Romano Prodi, urged withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq on Saturday in comments likely to win some voter sympathy ahead of local polls in June.
The opposition was buoyed by the recent electoral triumph of Spain's socialists, who campaigned on a platform of withdrawing Spanish forces from Iraq.
Mr Prodi, the only man to have beaten Mr Berlusconi at the polls, in a general election in 1996, appeared in his letter to be appealing to critics who saw the coalition's opposition to the presence of Italian troops in Iraq as too lacking in conviction.
www.dawn.com /2004/03/28/int2.htm   (415 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: The Left's Strange Opposition to Preemptive War by Tibor R. Machan
It is a puzzle, is it not, that so many people from the Left are opposed to a preemptive, preventive war against Iraq.  After all, from the point of view of most Leftists it is perfectly justified to send in government thugs to prevent various evils in a society.
All the bans on smoking now being enacted across the country are similarly preventive measures - when the individual smokes, he or she may risk seriously adverse health conditions.  But that is not imminent at all, and yet thousands of politicians, especially those with left-wing leanings, insist that such measures must be implemented.
But statists of both the Left and Right Wings do not want government to be so limited.  They want it to act aggressively so as to prevent evils.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=6446   (323 words)

 FORWARD : News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
By E.J. Howard Dean, who has rocketed to the front of the Democratic presidential race with his outsider style and appeals to the anti-war left, is facing a backlash from liberals who have come to believe he does not share their views on some core issues.
To a certain extent, their argument goes, a backlash from the left will aid Dean when he needs to tack more to the center in some of the more conservative primary states.
His moderate stands on issues the left holds dear will hurt him only if he is seen to have a credibility problem, because he has staked so much on the image of himself as a straight shooter.
www.forward.com /issues/2003/03.08.22/news3a.html   (1316 words)

 Iraqi Opposition Feels Left Out of War
Iraq's U.S.-endorsed opposition has distanced itself from the Bush administration's war strategy, suggesting the plan to conquer the country without involving the Iraqi public has opened the way for military problems in the south.
Opposition organizations all desired direct Iraqi involvement in the war.
The opposition groups -- loosely allied Kurdish, Shiite Muslim and secular organizations -- have long insisted that most Iraqis look forward to the ouster of President Saddam Hussein and his security-heavy Baath Party government.
www.poe-news.com /stories.php?poeurlid=19925   (286 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Norway's left-leaning opposition to start forming new government
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Surveys earlier this year showed Norwegians were warming to joining the union, but opposition returned after French and Dutch voters rejected the bloc's constitution.
Bondevik said he believed his three-party coalition was hurt by attacks from Party of Progress leader Carl I. Hagen, who repeatedly said he would not accept another government with Bondevik as prime minister.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20050913-0500-norway-election.html   (498 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Norway votes with governing coalition and left-leaning opposition in close ...
Surveys earlier this year showed Norwegians were warming up to joining the union, but opposition increased after French and Dutch voters rejected the EU constitution.
Two polls published before early voting began in a few districts Sunday gave the opposition bloc, the so-called Red-Green alliance, a majority in the 169-seat Parliament, while another said Bondevik's coalition would control the assembly.
Even if the center-right parties win a majority, it is not clear whether the current government can stay in office, as Party of Progress leader Carl I. Hagen has said he would not accept Bondevik as prime minister after the election.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20050912-0555-norway-elections.html   (469 words)

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