You don't hold left wing views, they hold you (hostage).
I'll begin - I hold right side views like the majority of posters here but I have no issue with state gay marriage (once adoption rights are not attached) - it doesn't take opportunity away from traditional couples or greatly affect those outside of it.
I agree with most of what you have listed. The Indians right to land and such is where I disagree.Pro organic food, and pro environment without falling into the climate change trap.
I am fine with aspects of a welfare state, such as unemployment insurance, universal healthcare, and state funded pensions, but I also recognize that these can create dependency on the government and unfunded liabilities. So there needs to be balanced accounting.
In favour of strong financial regulation to reign in Wall Street greed and profligacy. Also pro labour unions, up to a point.
Anti-war unless it is purely defensive.
In favour of indigenous peoples’ rights to land and tribal self-determination. This may extend to nationalization of natural resources.
The thing is, so many of these positions used to be left wing, but now are associated with the nationalist right.
You're based in the UK, so I understand your inability to understand the American conservative reasoning behind opposing European-style leftist policies. Generally speaking, the right in America is more libertarian-leaning than the right is in Europe, which I imagine has more authoritarian/collectivistic leanings due to the history of the aristocracies and monarchies in Europe.The definition of 'left-wing views' is going to differ dramatically on whether you are in the US or Europe.
Many policies which are regarded as 'Marxism' in the United States are just plain common sense in most of Europe and increasingly much of the rest of the world:
The present-day US seems to have managed the feat of combining the worst left-wing policies (antipathy towards the family and religion) with the worst that the political right has to offer (indifference and cruelty to the poor, mindless xenophobia), while at the same time becoming a second- or third-tier country on crucial quality of life measurements such as those listed at 1-3 above.
- Fast, efficient and affordable public transportation, both within and between cities.
- Free or cheap tertiary education. (Even for many foreign nationals.)
- A food supply which isn't defined by the presence of agri-chemicals.
Hopefully, as more Americans acquire passports and see at least some of the rest of the world, they can pressure their governments to give them more for their tax dollars.
Last year I met a friend in downtown Vancouver and asked him if he had ever been to skid row which he hadn’t, so we went, mostly for the $5 spaghetti and meat balls but while we were there, we saw three separate incidents of junkies being attended to within an hour. Literally EMTs with the chest pump defibrillators reviving junkies on the sidewalk that we had to walk around, what a waste of resources.I believe that drugs should be legalized and public EMTs (aka you get the service regardless of who you are, whether or not you have insurance and all that) should be ended. Let the wheat be separated from the chaff...as a bonus welfare expenses will decrease massively.
Industrial labour unions and strong safety regulations.
The minimum wage should be 15/hr, (if not closer to 25/hr, to keep it up with inflation).
That being said, I think that many people who are complaining about a 15/hr minimum wage today wouldn't show up to work anyways. They'll say things like, "I wanted 15 per hour, I didn't want to show up at 4 am and unload the truck..." or "I wanted 15 per hour, I didn't want to stay until 11 to help close the store..."
Many of them won't take the time to learn a trade either.
You also can't raise minimum wage and allow for unlimited immigration.
So, I'd tell the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, "Politics is the art of compromise. You can have 15/hr minimum wage. I just want every illegal immigrant to be deported. We can start by making it impossible for them to work or function in this nation."
I agree. I've seen 3rd world, american midwest, american south, canadian and european logging operations. The only ones I'd actually want to work in are Canadian or European ones.
The key word is "industrial" labor unions though. Public sector unions have made a joke out of the whole process because the government doesn't have the option to just shut down the factory and walk away if the union is being outrageous (See huff post Canada).
If I have to live in a Godless country, it's going to need some bare bones socialism to substitute for Christian morality.