Representing the Tradition of the Left
Choice requires the elimination of racism and economic discrimination, so all groups can make parenting decisions equally unrestricted by concerns for economic survival and quality of life. (Pamphlet, Boston R2N2)
218 ist ein Paragraph, der immer nur die Armen traf. [218 is a clause, that on the poor, exerts its claws. More literally: §218 is a legal clause that always has only affected the poor. ] (chant by feminist protesters, 1970).
Social issues were and are raised by both the political left and right. However, whereas the right tended to consider the problems of poverty essentially as a matter of private and state charity, the left claimed social justice as a right. Hence, the imagined community of potential supporters of justice claims can be found in what Flacks (1988) calls “the tradition of the left”:
Radical democracy, populism, socialism, communism, syndicalism, anarcho-communism, pacifism – all of these are labels for ideologies and organized political forces that, despite their manifold differences and mutual hostilities, have espoused a common idea…. It is useful to label all forces …that have sought to democratize politics, institutions, or culture and have sought to encourage relatively powerless groups to intervene in history as the “tradition of the left” (1988, p. 7).