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 (prioritarianism) as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished (by advocating for social justice). The term left-wing can also refer to "the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system".
The reason most anarchists accept the description of leftism is kind of obvious, history. If we draw a line from two points in the history of the left to today most anarchists would understand themselves as within a standard deviation of where that line passes. But why do we accept such gross generalizations? And more pointedly why would any self respecting anarchist associate themselves with a social order the size of thousands or even millions of people?
The topic of this week is the left. Is it a good enough descriptor to both describe a history of our project and an idealized form of our future? To what extent are we still interested in social equality and egalitarianism? If we were what would those fights look like today? How constrained are we by an imagination that simplifies political orientation into right or left? How should we break out of this into a different model?