TOLERABLE LEFT IDEOLOGY
Egalitarian policies are the best way to unite and empower people, and are also a necessary counterweight to the sometimes detrimental influence of market forces. Johanna Siguroardottir
Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind. Mikhail Gorbachev
Dictionary definition for Egalitarianism
1: a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs
2: a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people
Position of Left Tolerable Ideology on the Civis Mundi Political Chart
(Between Acceptable Left and Radical Left Ideologies)
I had some difficulty with putting a name to this tolerable Left ideology category. I think that egalitarianism seems to suit it best as some other titles are used as political party names. It is used here to designate social ideas separate from Labour ideology and separate from Collectivism ideas. It is not a political party name as far as I can determine
Many people say that this ideology is a step towards Collectivism but that is not necessarily true and in fact there are many variables in the two categories of ideologies. The ideologies grow further apart as people now realize that both Socialism and Communism, as political systems, simply do not work very well.
Basic Egalitarianism Ideology:
- Advocates believe that everyone should have a say in how the government works.
- Many egalitarians believe that Capitalism is immoral and unjust.
- Many egalitarians believe that Capitalism has the only viable economic system.
- Many believe in the basic concept of private sector ownership as opposed to collective ownership. (Generally called Social Democrats)
- Advocates believe in the principle “from each his/her ability, to each according to his/her deeds (work)
- Advocates believe that everyone should share in the benefits of industrialization.
- Advocates may ardently believe that natural resources should belong to the people.
- Egalitarians believe that the government should be in control of the distribution of money for compassionate programs. (Health Care, Social Insurance, Old Age Pensions, Unemployment Insurance, Child Care etc.
- Egalitarians favour free education. (There may be admission considerations and advancement intelligence considerations for higher education)
- Egalitarians favour welfare where needed.
- Egalitarians favour progressive laws and programs, for those unable to help themselves.
- Egalitarians believe that everyone should have food regardless of their ability to work.
- Originally both Egalitarians and Collectives believed that land, factories, and other economic resources should be government owned instead of privately owned. Since then there has been much disagreement and subsequent compromising with the Right.
- Egalitarians believe in protecting the people’s commons (separate paper) from exploitation.
- There is strong support for the UN
Egalitarianism seems like an appropriate name to describe those who want all of its society to be cared for from cradle to grave. (I.E. each according to his needs) You may not agree with the concept but I hope you agree that the name applies.
Egalitarians as a characteristic correctly needs to be admired and is therefore a “tolerable” ideology for the electorate to consider. (After all, most people admire the character and deeds of the Good Samaritan)
I believe that most citizens of our western countries would agree that Egalitarianism is well worth a place in the political arena to offer a counter force to Free Marketism. It is therefore given a place on the Left as a Tolerable Ideology. (Between Acceptable and Radical on this Civis Mundi Political Chart: More at http://civismundi.net/civismundi.php?p=06-Political+Chart)
There are some distinct variables in this ideology that are brought on by the Independent versus Interdependent characteristics of individuals. If you would like to know more, you should read this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egalitarianism