Leftypedia:Guidelines

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The aim of Leftypedia is to create a broad space for leftist counter-hegemonic theorizing, allowing kinds of content that might not be considered encyclopedic by the standards of Wikipedia but are interesting to the left. "The left" is understood to be the Marxist tradition along with fellow travelers, meaning primarily the anarchist and democratic socialist traditions. Karl Marx is taken as an anchor-point to judge which content is appropriate to the Wiki.

Quantity over quality[edit]

As of now, the site handles a policy of quantity over quality so it can accumulate a base of writings and authors. These articles can later be improved according to whatever standards we settle on. Our standards are currently largely indeterminate. We encourage writers to uphold one they themselves are comfortable with.

Nevertheless, there are a couple of guiding principles that we wish to incorporate into the site.

Avoidance of tendency-based slant[edit]

New articles are allowed to have a tendency-based slant, but this should always be corrected in due course, so that materials on this site eventually come to represent the left as a whole. It is unreasonable to expect leftists to understand the sensibilities of all other leftists. Rather than forcing them to uphold such an impossible standard of political correctness, we encourage other users to edit articles they take issue with. In so doing they should avoid erasing anything previously written out (except if it's blatantly non-leftist), and instead rephrase them to make clear they represent a specific subsection of the left. They can explain and substantiate their disagreements later in the article, again indicating the subsection of the left these are coming from.

The site doesn't deny or affirm the validity of either "full tankie" or "radical liberal" politics, but does demand that any writing bordering on these extremes be put in its proper context. If it is not it is liable for deletion.

You can use the "Slanted" template to indicate any statements you take issue with. In order to do this, simply put "{{slanted}}" behind the relevant section.

Added value[edit]

Articles need to have added value in terms of leftist understanding. A biographic entry about Marx, in and of itself, does not contribute to a better understanding of Marxism. His 'early life' is not relevant to Marxism and we can hardly provide a Marxist perspective on it. Moreover, it means entering into competition with Wikipedia which is far more exhaustive on these issues. Our

For more information about Leftypedia's role in respect to Wikipedia's, see the FAQ.

Secondary sources[edit]

When dealing with important theorists to the Marxist tradition, you should try to perform analysis that cites these theorists directly. For instance, you should avoid citing Lenin to make a point about Marx, or citing Stalin to make a point about Lenin.

Wikipedia[edit]

Wikipedia articles can be used, but only very rarely. This is when the articles in question are exhaustive and can hardly be improved upon from a Marxist perspective.