An extreme political position that generally advocates for larger governments with broader intervention and increased taxes for the middle income to rich. Generally, advocates of all-inclusive welfare policies and social policies. Left wingers are protectionist with respect to trade policies and globalisation in general.
Jill: Was the russian experiments under Lenin and Stalin considered left wing because the government at the time disallowed freedom of speech and press?
Joe: Partly. The fact that all industry was nationalised, completely nullifying any private sector innovation contributed to the philosophy as well. The results were extreme poverty and loss of hope and motivation for the society at large.