His administration defeated right and left-wing anti-Bolshevik armies in the Russian Civil War from 1917 to 1922.


I thought socialism (or maybe Leninism) is left wing, isn't it?

  • Yes, so? I think I read a bonmot somewhere that the most vicious political fighting occurs between rival left-wing factions ...
    – Jan
    Aug 11, 2021 at 17:36
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    That proves union of the left is not feasible
    – Gary 2
    Aug 11, 2021 at 17:38
  • Of course it is. Communism, Socialism, Fascism and their evil siblings are all children of Marxism, which is clearly on the left of the linear political spectrum. Aug 11, 2021 at 17:50
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    Note that there's an entire page Left-wing uprisings against the Bolsheviks.
    – Fizz
    Aug 11, 2021 at 19:17
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    @MichaelBenjamin You made a factual mistake there: fascism is not a child of Marxism and is fundamentally at odds with a number of key principles of Marxism. See also Is Fascism Right Or Left Wing?
    – Jan
    Aug 12, 2021 at 15:19

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You made the wrong assumption. The existence of a left wing party or faction does not prevent the existence of another left wing party or faction.

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