There's a few reasons why I don't believe in socialism, but I do try to live by some of what it stands for.
Fairness I believe in, I try to live by that, although I do realise I fail miserably at this sometimes, I honestly do try to treat everyone with fairness, and most of the time, I do a pretty good job.
I have many friends who are left wing, and sometimes I find myself preferring their company to those of my friends who are believe the same stuff as I do.
Why? Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment.
But here's what I don't believe in.
High taxes. What's the point of giving majority of your earnings away, just to receive it back at a smaller rate? Where's the common sense?
Surely, if people are keeping more of what they earn, there's less need to rely on the government?
Also, if these people who can earn, are earning, and keeping majority of what they're earning, there's more money for those who have absolutely no choice but to rely on the government?
I also believe some companies, larger ones especially, need to pay better wages, to help this become more of a reality.
Equality. Like I said in the beginning, I try my damnedest to treat people equally. I am pro gay marriage, I am for equal pay, I am anti-racism.
I am, however, anti- all women shortlists. I think it's insulting to women. Are we not good enough to stand against men? Are we too weak to be able to fight our own battles? Are men so bad that we have to ban them from certain things? Surely it's being sexist towards men?
Fairness should left to the left, it should just be something we all try to be, fair.
But is fair to punish someone for being in a highly paid job? Is it fair to ban men from certain things?
However, if you are part of the 1% and consider yourself to the left and believe in higher taxes, by all means get your accountant to work out how much tax you believe someone on your salary should be paying, and pay it.
If you find yourself with a cheque at the end of the year for a rebate, you don't have to cash it in.
Stop preaching, and start doing, actions speak louder than words.