Not to be confused with Social Nationalism
"If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs"
Left-Wing Nationalism (LeftNat), Social Patriotism or Socialist Nationalism is an economically left-wing, culturally neutral and nationalist ideology that advocates for collective ownership of the means of production, in combination with anti-imperialism, egalitarianism, international solidarity, national self-determination and national sovereignty.
Anti-Colonial Nationalism is a form of left-wing nationalism that focuses on decolonization and anti-imperialism. Because of colonialism’s creation of state and country lines across ethnic, religious, linguistic and other historical boundaries, anti-colonial nationalism is largely related to land first. After independence, especially in countries with particularly diverse populations with historic enmity, there have been a series of smaller independence movements that are also defined by anti-colonialism.
Socialist Patriotism is a form of patriotism advocated by Marxist-Leninist movements. Socialist patriotism promotes people living within Marxist-Leninist countries to adopt a "boundless love for the socialist homeland, a commitment to the revolutionary transformation of society and the cause of communism". Marxists and Marxist-Leninists claim that socialist patriotism is not connected with nationalism, and denounce nationalism as a bourgeois ideology developed under capitalism that pits the working classes of the world against each other. Socialist patriotism is commonly advocated directly alongside proletarian internationalism, with communist parties regarding the two concepts as compatible with each other.
Left-Wing Nationalists have played a crucial role in Armenian history. The first main Armenian Left-Wing Nationalist group was the Armenian Revolutionary Federation also known as Dashnaks. It was founded by 3 Armenians in the Russian Empire (Stepan Zorian, Christapor Mikaelian, and Simon Zavarian) with the goal of gaining autonomy in Armenian areas of the Ottoman Empire through means of violent rebellion. They had adopted a program that included socialism and agrarian reform as well as freedom of speech, press, and religion. They enjoyed support from the Tsarist government of Russia and participated in many clashes with Azeri (then known as Caucasian Tatar) nationalists. They then blamed many of the anti-Armenian massacres committed by Azeris on the Tsarist government for refusing to take action to stop them. They organized Fedayi groups in which they would clash with Kurdish tribes over land. After the Young Turks overthrew the Sultan, Dashnaks became a legal party and some Armenians got seats in parliment, but they didn't get the reforms they were hoping for and cut ties with the Young Turks in 1912. During the Armenian genocide in 1915, many leaders of Dashnaks were killed by the Ottoman military and many lead resistance against the genocide by the Ottomans, specifically in Van. After the genocide, many Dashnaks member vowed to take revenge by killing the perpetrators of the genocide as well as the perpetrators of the 1918 massacre of Armenians in Baku. These assassinations (now known as Operation Nemesis) took place between 1920 and 1922 and assassinated many major Turkish and Azerbaijani officials involved in the genocide and massacres. Some of the most notable assassinated include: Talaat Pasha (one of the 3 rulers of the Ottoman empire at the time of the genocide and considered to be an architect of it), Fatali Khan Khoyski (first prime minister of Azerbaijan), and Cemal Pasha (another one of the 3 rulers of the Ottoman empire at the time of the genocide and like Talaat is widely considered to be an architect of it along with Enver Pasha). Dashnaks held important government positions in the short lived First Republic of Armenia and fought to take Shushi from Azerbaijan. After the Soviets invaded Armenia and Azerbaijan, the ARF was banned and its leaders were exiled to primarily Lebanon where they participated in conflicts there. During World War 2, many exiled Dashnaks members decided to side with the Nazis in the Armenian Legion because they promised an independent Armenia. In 1975, the 60 anniversary of the Armenian genocide, a group of Armenians in Beirut, Lebanon formed a group known as the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia or ASALA. Its ideology was based on a fusion of Marxism–Leninism and Armenian nationalism, seeking to unite the Armenian SSR with Artsakh, Nakhichevan, and all of former western Armenia into a single Armenian state under the Armenian SSR. Most of their attacks were aimed at Turkish diplomats and their attacks resulted in the deaths of around 46 people. They developed ties with other leftist minority groups in Lebanon such as the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. After an attack on [removed] airport near Paris in 1983, the group split between those who agreed with it and those who disagreed with it leading to 2 separate groups, ASALA-Militant lead by Hagop Hagopian and ASALA-Revolutionary Movement lead by Armenian-American Monte Melkonian. They started to slowly fall apart after this split and the last attack claim by ASALA was in 1997. Monte Melkonian went on to command the Artsakhi army in the First Nagorno-Karabakh war and became the national hero of Armenia after his death.
The Basque Nationalist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (Basque Homeland and Liberty) or ETA, was originally started as a Basque student group known as Ekin founded in the 1950s. The group ETA itself was founded in 1959 as Aberri Ta Askatasuna or ATA but since in some Basque dialects ata means duck, they decided to change it to ETA. They were largely inspired by Marxism and Basque Nationalism as well as the Basque Independence Anarchist Federico Krutwig. They held their first assembly in Bayonne, France in 1962 and held later assemblies in later years in which they affirmed their Anti-Capitalist positions. They started their attacks against the Francoist government of Spain in 1968 when a police officer was shot dead trying to halt an ETA member. Their most famous attack, also known as Operación Ogro (Operation Ogre), was the assassination of then Spanish prime minister, Luis Carrero Blanco in which they blew up his car, launching him 20 feet into the air, giving him the nickname "Spain's First Astronaut" in Spain and the Basque Country. This assassination is considered an important factor in the Spanish transition to democracy, since they had killed Franco's main successor. After the death of Franco and the Spanish transition to democracy, the group had lost much of the support it previously had. The French government, which had previously left them alone due to Franco's large human rights abuses against Basques, no longer turned a blind eye to them. They signed a permanent ceasefire in 2011, destroyed their weapons in 2017, and dissolved entirely in 2018.
The Ghadar Movement established on July 15, 1913 by expatriate Indians in Astoria, Oregon, was a part of the larger Indian independence movement against British rule. During World War I, some Ghadar party members returned to Punjab to instigate armed revolution for Indian Independence. They smuggled arms into India and initiated the Ghadar Mutiny which resulted in the execution of 42 mutineers, following the Lahore Conspiracy Case trial. Ghadarites persisted covert anti-colonial efforts with the support of Germany and Ottoman Turkey, known as the Hindu–German Conspiracy. After the war ended, the party in the United States fractured into a Communist and an Indian Socialist faction. The party formally dissolved in 1948. Although its attempts at overthrowing the British Raj were unsuccessful, the insurrectionary ideals of the Ghadar Party influenced the individuals of the Indian Independence Movement which were at opposition to Gandhian nonviolence.
Irish nationalism has been left-wing since its mainstream inception. Early nationalists during the 19th century such as the United Irishmen in the 1790s, Young Irelanders in the 1840s, Fenian Brotherhood in the 1880s, as well as Sinn Féin, and Fianna Fáil in the 1920s all styled themselves in various ways after French left-wing radicalism and republicanism. This combination of nationalism with left-wing positions was possible as the nation state they sought was envisaged against the backdrop of the more socially conservative and pluri-national state of the United Kingdom.
The Scottish independence movement is mainly left-wing and is spearheaded by the Scottish National Party, a party that has been centre-left since the 1970s. There are other political parties from the political left in favour of Scottish independence, namely the Scottish Greens, the Scottish Socialist Party and Solidarity. As well as the Alba Party which can be described as centre right on social issues but centre left on economic issues led by former first minister Alex Salmond over accusations from SNP over sexual abuse as well as the party's stance on transgenderism.
The Scottish National Party was created in 1934 as a merger between the Scottish and National Parties and by the Second World War was swiftly embroiled in controversy after prominent members supported collaborating with Nazi Germany in order to secure Scottish independence from England. However these members were removed from the party or changed their views by the end of the war, but it wasn't until the 1960s that SNP adopted Scottish independence as their official platform before then the party was badly split over devolution vs independence. It also would not be until the 1980s that SNP adopted social democratic economics under the leadership of William "Billy" Wolfe. The party still has a very large socially conservative and even fiscally conservative wing as seen by the unsuccessful but powerful campaigns of Kate Forbes and Ash Regan in 2023 after the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon however the socially and economically progressive wing of SNP is more powerful than the conservative wings with the election of Humza Yousaf over both women.
The Scottish Greens became their own party, though closely linked, from the Green Party of the United Kingdom in 1990 when the Green party split itself into 3 different party for Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and Scotland. The Scottish Greens are the second largest nationalist party in Scotland after the SNP they have been in coalition with the SNP since 2021. They have a near identical policy to the progressive wing of SNP on economic and social matters but differ due to their focus on environmental affairs such as the Marine Protection Act which drew controversy among island communities due to its stringent regulations against small fishermen. As well as opposition to an independent Scotland joining NATO and opposing the SNP's plans of expanding two major motorways in Scotland.
The Alba Party was formed after Alex Salmond resigned from SNP over allegations of sexual assault and the subsequent court case acquitting him of any crime. Salmond would then accuse Sturgeon's inner circle of plotting against him and criticised their approach to Scottish independence due to their support over transgender rights and focusing on more economic issues rather than independence, in his words, Salmond wishes to place full importance on Scottish indepedance and let economics and social policies take a backseat as well as believing that gender identifacation laws will harm women's rights and thus must not be implemented.
The Scottish Socialist Party is the smallest left wing Scottish nationalist party, it was formed after a decision to transform the socialist pressure group "Scottish Socialist Alliance" into a political party to attempt to rival Labour and SNP. They had their best to date, showing at the election of 2003 in Scotland when they won six seats however this was not repeated and all six seats were lost by the 2007 election. The Scottish Socialist Party has a broad manifesto detailing policies and pledges to further democratise Scotland and reverse any cuts to public spending and place utilities and public services entirely under government control while achieving independence from the United Kingdom.
Solidarity was founded as a splinter group from the Scottish Socialist party in 2006 by Tommy Sheridan (the founder of SSP) while a majority of members of SSP (especially in Shetland) voted to remain in the SSP a not insignificant minority defected to this new party which was endorsed by various Trotskyist groups. However due to poor electoral performance the party merged entirely with Alba in 2021.
LeftNat is a nationalist like his father and a socialist like his mother. LeftNat is happy to debate with his fellow Leftists about economics but he will later find himself in debates with them over the nation as LeftNat argues it is against the Left's own interests to support things like globalism which is pioneered by the bourgeoisie.
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- Nationalism - You have some mildly reactionary views that inspired some of my worst enemies, but you were a product of the time and also inspired people like me to rebel against such invaders so I can't hate you for that. Also, workers that work for the better being of the nation are based.
- Patriotism - Same as above but moderate. Also way less hostile to outside comrades which is nice.
- National Communism - My more radical communist brother. He is pretty based, although I worry that He might be a bad influence for him.
- Socialism - The best economic system that improves the well-being of the proletariat, proving how superior socialism is compared to capitalism.
- Conservative Socialism - We agree on most issues, you're just more conservative compared to me and I enjoy working with you as a fellow socialist.
- Democratic Socialism - Democracy and socialism must represent the will of the nation.
- State Socialism - The worker's state will benefit from a strong sense of national identity.
- Protectionism - Our economy must be protected from the globalization of neoliberals.
- Separatism - Self-Determination for oppressed minorities? Based!
- Alter-Globalism - The ONLY good globalist. Just because I am a nationalist does not mean I don't also support international solidarity and freedom for the exploited colonized and working-class!
- African Socialism - Fellow Africans who advocate nationalist socialism to liberate their homelands from colonialist oppression.
- Indigenism - Another form of me that just like the above, is dedicated to fighting the colonialists and imperialists that stole his people's lands!
- Arab Socialism - Unifying Arabs through socialist nationalism is extremely based.
- Ho Chi Minh Thought - Great job kicking the French Colonialists and American Imperialists out of Indochina.
- Socialism of the 21st Century - My Latin American comrade who resists American Neoliberalism.
- Titoism - "Brotherhood and Unity" is such a good and inspiring slogan.
- Civic Nationalism - Fellow nationalist who understands that the nation is not defined by limited boundaries such as race or ethnicity. I wish you were more socialist though.
- Cultural Nationalism - Cultural Identity must be preserved to inspire the working-class. It's saddening that Fascists use culture to justify their hatred.
- Republicanism - Monarchy is a reactionary construct that only serves to oppress our nation's working class. Also, the Springtime of Nations was pretty based.
- Internationalism - I am not against international cooperation and worker solidarity, I am against the exploitation of my nation's well-being for the benefit of foreign powers.
- Black Nationalism - I have very mixed feelings about you. We have worked together to fight the white colonial states in Africa, and a lot of your civil rights groups in the west like the Black Panther Party were basically just me applied to the African-American population. but racial nationalism and supremacy are not good ways to fight for your liberty or against the oppressive racial state.
- National Conservatism - In theory, you are a based nationalist that is too conservative and capitalistic. In reality, the majority of right-wing nationalists are directly opposed to left-wing nationalism as their beliefs and values are conflicting to ours. Plus, how can you say you love your nation yet support the individuals that don't want to respect the working class that held up our nation throughout its history?
- National Liberalism - We disagree on most stuff like economics and liberalism, but at least we both enjoyed Brexit.
- Capitalism - I have mixed feelings about you. Most of my supporters are socialists who hate capitalist economy, but my more moderate advocates are chill with you as long as you are regulated.
- National Libertarianism - How do you expect to preserve your nation and its borders with a minimal state? At least you actually care about the nation, but your methods are seriously pathetic.
- National Bolshevism - Ethnonationalism and Fascism are pretty cringe, but at least you're a socialist, and your point about mainstream leftists not caring enough about how the nation can be used to liberate the working class is just awe-inspiring.
Oh btw, is there any chance I can join the GANG soon?
- Marxism - I highly respect Marx, he clearly had the right ideas. I praise international solidarity and proletarian camaraderie, but Marx does not understand nationalism's utility for the working class.
- Marxism-Leninism - Socialism in One Country is debatably based but your policy of suppressing cultural identities and nationalism is pure cringe. You've also committed social imperialism by patriating Poland, invading Finland and Iran. The working class is often defined by the community they identify themselves with, thus removing that will only take away power from the working class.
- Social Democracy - You're pretty close to establishing socialism, but your exploitation of the third world and how many of your first world adherents embrace globalist imperialism make me puke.
- Social Liberalism - Some of my more economically moderate followers seem to like you. However, others think you’re too soft on the rich, and we can all agree that a lot of the time you’re too imperialist.
- Paternalistic Conservatism - Basically just a combination of Conservatism and Social Democracy. A bearable alternative to regular right-wing nationalism and conservatism.
- Welfare Chauvinism - Cool economics, but calm down with the chauvinism.
- Market Socialism - Vietnam and Yugoslavia were epic but I don't like how many of you are globalist succdems.
- Irredentism - We both like Garibaldi's campaigns, Dashnaks and the IRA, but usually you don't care about left-wing policies and too often go in the exact opposite direction.
- Neighborstan - I am not asking for the lands of others. I am not trespassing on anyone else's territory, but if you trespass on my land, I will fight you until the day I die!
- Monarcho-Socialism - The one tolerable monarchist that is also exceedingly rare. I still prefer republics though, and I find it natural that Souphanouvong did too.
- Strasserism - "We must take from the right's nationalism without capitalism and from the left's socialism without internationalism" is a quote I agree with, albeit with different reasons.
- Fascism - You used to be cool in the beginning but became an imperialist later.
- Globalism & World Federalism - You will only benefit the bourgeoisie imperialists and harm the oppressed proletariat. There is a reason both of your leaders are mostly white libtards from the first world, Both of you are just facades for imperialists to exploit poorer nations. Anything you say is just an illusion to mask your neo-colonial tendencies under the guise of genuine humanism and "solidarity". If you really did care about the people from the third world, then you should let them decide for themselves.
- Imperialism - Death to Imperialism!
(Except Québec, but we don't talk about what happened)
- Neo-Imperialism - YOU HAVE ONLY CAUSED PAIN AND SUFFERING AROUND THE GLOBE!
- Universal Monarchism - Aren't you just that clown again?
- Francoism - YOU OPPRESSED THE BASQUES AND CATALANS! I'm glad I made Blanco Spain's first astronaut!
- "Señor X" - YOU MASSACRED THE BASQUE PEOPLE!
- Nazism - You're not even a socialist, you're just an anti-semitic, racial supremacy-believing imperialist. I hate it when people confuse you with me just because I'm a socialist and nationalist. Plus, some of us used the term "national socialism" WAY before you came into existence. Even he is more socialist than you.
- Thatcherism - DING DONG THE WITCH IS IS DEAD, SHAME WE DID NOT KILL THAT BITCH! (Oh and btw I am gonna piss on your grave further by absolutely wrecking the UK in the Scottish independence referendum)
- Pol Potism - You had the right idea but you went about it really, really wrong.
- Gaullism & French Monarchism - LEAVE ALGERIA ALONE!!!
- In Defence of Nationality by Rosa Luxemburg
- The Case for Left-Wing Nationalism (Preview) by Stephen Maxwell
- Nationalism and Socialism by Horace B. Davis
- The Right to Struggle: Selected Writings of Monte Melkonian on the Armenian National Question by Monte Melkonian
- Sinn Féin
- Plaid Cymru (Wales)
- La France Insoumise
- Republican Left of Catalonia
- Popular Unity Candidacy
- Basque Homeland and Liberty
- Communist Party of Cuba
- Sandinista National Liberation Front
- United Socialist Party of Venezuela
- Movement for Socialism
- Socialist Party of Chile
- Bayan Muna
- Progressive Party
- Patriotic Party
- The left shouldn't fear nationalism. It should embrace it by Noam Gidrom
- Meet Europe's Left-Nationalists by David Adler
- In defense of left-wing nationalism by Malcolm Kyeyune
- r/LeftistNationalism (inactive)
- Not all left-wing nationalists prefer revolutionary methods.
- Some left-wing nationalists support more moderate social-capitalistic economic polices.
- Chifley aggressively pursue decolonizations and built strong relationships with newly independent countries like Nehru’s India.
- Chrifley opposed the Cold War and western military interventions against communist movements.
- Cardenas tried to implement women's rights reform, but was blocked by his party.
- "Peter Murrell, Nicola Sturgeon's husband, arrested over SNP funding investigation", The Guardian. 5 April 2023.
- "MI5 file links former SNP leader to a Nazi plan", Scotsman.
- armed Armenian groups for self defense
- That Serbia has the right of access to the sea, nobody will dispute. Serbia yearns for the sea. It was not for nothing that the Serbian knights galloped their horses into the Adriatic when they arrived there, after a week of forced marches. Denying Serbia the sea would be an act of arrogance, an absolutely unpolitical act that would have very damaging consequences for Italy. Having liquidated one enemy, Austria-Hungary, we would immediately create another. When it is said that Serbia has a right to the sea, what we mean is that Serbia must have a portion of the sea coast sufficient for the needs of its present and future economy. It is true that the Italians in Dalmatia represent more than the mere 3% expressed in the highly-manipulated Austrian census, but the higher percentage of Italians is not, in itself, sufficient to claim exclusive possession of all of Dalmatia. https://bibliotecafascista.blogspot.com/2012/03/italy-serbia-and-dalmatia.html?m=1
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