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Left-wing politics and leftism

the ALP

the Australian Labor Party: the main left-wing party in Australia, and one of the two main political parties

the ANC

the African National Congress: a political party in South Africa that for many years fought against the system of apartheid. In 1994, the ANC formed the first government in South Africa to be elected by both black and white people and it has stayed in power since then.

Bolshevik

noun

someone who supported Lenin and his political ideas at the beginning of the 20th century

Bolshevik

noun

an insulting word for someone with strong left-wing opinions

champagne socialist

noun

someone with left-wing political opinions who is very rich. This word is often used to show that you dislike people like this.

commie

noun

an insulting word for a communist

communist

noun

someone who believes in communism

communist

noun

someone who belongs to a political party that supports communism

communist

adjective

relating to communism, or involving people who are communists

Comrade

noun

used for talking to or about a member of a Socialist Party by other members of a Socialist Party

fellow traveller

noun

someone who supports a political party, especially the Communist party, but is not a member of it

the House Un-American Activities Committee

a committee of US politicians who, in the 1950s, accused many writers and other artists of being Communists and therefore enemies of the US

Lab

abbreviation

the Labour Party

Labour

noun

the British Labour Party: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

Labour

adjective

relating to or supporting the British Labour Party

the Labour Party

one of the three main political parties in the UK. It was originally started to try to improve conditions for working-class people, and it generally supports left-wing ideas and policies

the left

noun

people or groups with left-wing political opinions, for example those who generally believe that property, money, and power should be shared more equally

left

adverb

towards the left in politics

leftist

adjective

left-wing

leftist

noun

someone who is left-wing

left-of-centre

adjective

slightly left-wing

the left wing

noun

the members of a political organization whose aims and ideas are considered to be more socialist than the other members, for example because they believe that property, money, and power should be shared more equally: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

left-wing

adjective

someone who is left-wing is considered to have socialist aims and ideas, for example that property, money, and power should be shared more equally

left-wing

adjective

used about left-wing theories, policies etc

lefty

noun

someone who is left-wing

Maoism

noun

a form of Communism established in China and based on the political ideas of Mao Zedong

Maoist

noun

someone who supports Maoism

Marxism

noun

the political and economic theories of Karl Marx, from which Communist and socialist political systems developed

Marxist

noun

someone who supports Marxism or that policies that are based on it

Marxist

adjective

relating to or based on Marxism

New Labour

a name that the Labour Party in the UK used when it was led by Tony Blair, in order to show that it was more modern and less left-wing than it used to be

pink

adjective

having socialist beliefs that are not very strong or extreme

politburo

noun

the main committee of a Communist party that is responsible for making policy

praesidium

a British spelling of presidium

presidium

noun

a committee in Communist countries that represents a larger political group such as a parliament

red

adjective

an insulting word meaning socialist or communist

red

noun

an insulting word for a socialist or communist

red flag

noun

a red flag used as a sign of socialism

right on

adjective

someone who is right on has fashionable left-wing views on political and social issues. This word often shows that you dislike people like this

social democracy

noun

the belief that society should change from capitalism to socialism in a gradual, peaceful, and democratic way

socialism

noun

a political system that aims to create a society in which everyone has equal opportunities and in which the most important industries are owned or controlled by the whole community

trot

noun

an insulting word for someone with left-wing political ideas

Trotskyist

noun

someone who supports the very left-wing political ideas of Leon Trotsky

Bolshevik

adjective

leftism

noun

left-winger

noun

Maoist

adjective

socialist

noun

socialist

adjective

Trotskyism

noun

Trotskyist

adjective

the far right/left

people whose political views are either extremely right-wing or left-wing

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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