Left-wing politics is usually progressive, meaning that left-wing people think the government should help make social change happen. They believe governments should try to create more social equality and economic equality.
Right-wing people tend to say the government should not make social change happen. Sometimes, they say the government should stop things from changing or even make society go back to the way it was in the past (or the way people think it was in the past).
The left and right groups get their names from the French Revolution. People in the National Assembly who wanted large changes in the French government sat on the left side of the room and people who wanted to keep the king and more tradition sat on the right side of the room and moderates sat in the middle. French newspapers started saying "left" and "right" to tell readers which member of the National Assembly thought what.
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