ACCEPTABLE LEFT WING IDEOLOGIES
This is the first of about a dozen planned papers designed to list the ideology, and (where applicable) the manifestations of such ideology, for most all political leanings. They will start with the Acceptable ideologues and work through to the Fanatical ideologies over the next few weeks.
Please refer to the political chart at – http://civismundi.net/civismundi.php?p=06-Political+Chart It is a bit dated but it is available for anyone to take and improve.
“A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.” — Grover Cleveland
“If I were a factory employee, a workman on the railroads or a wage-earner of any sort, I would undoubtedly join the union of my trade. If I disapproved of its policy, I would join in order to fight that policy; if the union leaders were dishonest, I would join in order to put them out. I believe in the union and I believe that all men who are benefited by the union are morally bound to help to the extent of their power in the common interests advanced by the union.” Theodore Roosevelt,
LABOURISM (Laborism) definitions from Dictionary.com
- political theory favoring the dominance of labor in the economic and political life of a country
- the doctrines and programs of the Labour party.
For all intents and purposes I have separated LABOUR from PROGRESSIVISM (A broad term used here for social ideas) as I see it as a distinct entity worthy of separate considerations. Most people, including labourers, simply want a fair deal in society. Their ideology is pretty basic when we separate out the more distinctive socialism ideology.
There is no active political party called LABOUR in Canada or in the USA that I am aware of. From what I have read from the various Labour groups they have socialist ideologies or Social democratic ideology – an ideology that reaches into the right for economic policy. (Like much of Europe perhaps)
Position of My Political Chart
Basic Labour Ideology:
- Fair wages for work.
- Regular review of wages
- Reasonable working conditions
- Opportunities for advancement
- No discrimination
- An adequate health and drug plan.
- Affordable education.
- A good workers accident compensation plan.
- Adequate unemployment insurance.
- Protection of bargaining rights if unionized
- Progressive measures to prevent the hiring of replacement workers (during labour disputes.)
- Adequate paid vacations.
- Protection of pension plans.
- There are many who want the social benefits of socialism while maintaining a capitalist economic system.
Conclusion: Labourism seems like a nice name to describe those that toil for their daily bread, wine, and shelter from the cold. I would like to think that this includes everyone regardless as to whether, or not, they receive actual pay for their efforts. You may not agree with the concept but I hope you agree that the name LABOURISM applies. Labour ideas should be better represented in all political party ideology in Canada and elsewhere.