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A person belonging to the political left and usually identifying with the radical, anti capitalist, or revolutionary sectors of left politics. Includes anarchists, marxists, communists, socialists, and all other explicitly radical left ideologies.
That guy's a total leftist, his pantry is full of Molotov cocktails and nothing else.
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Someone holding β€œleft” political-economic views (e.g. anti-capitalist, socialist, anarchist...).

Leftist views often critique capitalist markets as being wholly insufficient in satisfying human rights and desires.
While mainstream politics have largely accepted Reagan-era β€œtrickle down” economic theory, the leftists continue to reject this outright. Leftist maintain that capitalist profit is always created through the extortion of labor, β€œMoney doesn’t trickle down. It’s soaked upward through low wages and a system hat prioritizes profit over people.”
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Similar to a liberal in that this represents left-wing viewpoint on the political spectrum, but self-identified leftists are typically more anti-capitalist than liberals. Sometimes used by right-wingers as a derogatory term.
A lot of leftists I've talked to really don't like Hillary Clinton.
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A person who simultaneously advocates for radical individualism, and radical egalitarianism.

Radical individualism being the exhuberant (and often jealous) exercising of personal freedoms without a sense of responsibility to human history, immutable principles, or the society around them. The individual tends more to emphasize personal *rights*, while neglecting personal *responsibilities.* When widely adopted, this leads to social/cultural decay.

Radical egalitarianism is the advocation of equality of *outcome* rather than equality of *opportunity* and, often unconsciously, seeks to persecute those who have achieved more than others with the hand they've been dealt. Thus the desire for the biggest kid on the block (government) to impose, whether by force of law or bullets, an elastic concept of "fairness" on achieving citizenry.

While, at their core, the two concepts are often at odds, they are emphasized at different times, which circumvents this conflict.

Leftists very often view such figures as Marx, Castro, Chavez and their ilk with sympathy, if not admiration.
"Its very difficult to speak to my dad. He fought in WWII and I'm a leftist, so there's just this huge philosophical gulf." :\

"Yeah, I know the Inquisition killed, like, 3000 people over a coupla hundred years, but it just flabberghasted me how many millions were killed in leftist regimes in just the 20th century!"
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1. A member of an ideological camp that defines socialism as a form of totalitarian secular feudalism; an advocate for the management of non-Leftist people as farm animals
"When the Leftist tried to convince me that North Korea had the only true and just form of socialism on earth, I gave up on trying to talk rationally with him and just walked away."
by DrCruel December 28, 2005
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A name given to a person with left wing beliefs by somebody who is right-wing.
Often derogatory.
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"Only traitors and leftists wouldn't vote for Donald Trump!"
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