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A former member
Post #: 4
I'm aware that many if not most Humanists would not subscribe to the political label "left," notably, and emphatically, including Richard Dawkins, for example.

Nonetheless, I'm curious whether there aren't many humanists, even in the United States, who feel a strong affinity for traditionally "left" political philosophies. Are there any folks out there in Portland who would enjoy attending, for example, any informal reading groups where we might engage with challenging and important texts, including such seminal radical texts as Das Kapital or The Wealth of Nations? Or more contemporary works such as those of Rosa Luxembourg, Emma Goldman, Paolo Freire, Fernand Braudel, David Harvey, Herbert Marcuse, Theodore Adorno, Ivan Ilyich, EF Schumacher, Lewis Mumford, Mike Davis (he of "City of Quartz" fame), Doug Henwood, etc, etc, or any of innumerable other "left," "alternative", "radical", and humanist intellectual currents?
Dave D.
Portland, OR
Post #: 66
I'm interested in where you might get the impressions you mention in your first sentence. They seem at odds with what I've observed at the Humanists of Greater Portland weekly meetings/membership, and with what I've heard are more general statistics regarding Humanists. (Or perhaps you're putting a finer point on differences between "left" and "progressive/Democrat/non-conservat­ive" than I do?)

Even regarding Richard Dawkins, a quick search yielded this, which seems to suggest that he, too, is rather anti-conservative, pro-Democrat, etc.­
When I look up the definition of "left-wing politics", I see "supports social equality", and there's evidence that Dawkins fits, both from his reasoning of natural evolution of "the golden rule", and events like this...­

Maybe by "left" you mean communist, socialist, revolutionary, etc.? A quick peek at someone on your list, e.g. Lewis Mumford, doesn't seem to fit those categories (though I am by no means an expert).

So, I'm just interested because your impression seems so very different from mine.
A former member
Post #: 2,107
I'm definitely in the political far-left of the spectrum on social issues. I'm even a member of the Green Party and I vote for Green Party and Progressive Party candidates. I get the impression that most Humanists are in the political left. Also the first two Humanist Manifestos of the American Humanist Association and most of the Humanist Declarations of the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH) [formerly called Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (CODESH)] lean heavily to the political left. Regarding CSH their Humanist Manifesto 2000 is especially left leaning, even calling for a world parliament and for "a planetary bill of rights and responsibilities". For the full version of Humanist Manifesto 2000 see the book by Paul Kurtz called "Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for New Planetary Humanism". The Amazon page about the book says that Humanist Manifesto 2000 is endorsed by Richard Dawkins.
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