What " The Left" are against is the unfairness of current society and very few discuss the possibility of a Utopian society. Most if not all revolutions in history have arisen due to this feeling of unfairness. Feelings of compassion towards the less fortunate may seem alien to you but not to many others.
You are entitled to your opinion but to demonise others who don't share your opinion is autocratic not democratic .
scep, I reject the implication that somehow left = compassionate and right = selfish. That's far too simplistic. There are degrees of political affiliation and I count myself as a "moderate" right-winger in that I believe that the state should be small and governments shouldn't meddle in peoples affairs or do "social engineering". The differences between left and right reflect the difference of opinions in how the reality of inequalities should be tackled, not whether they should be addressed at all.
The notion of "rights" is central. The meaning of this term seems to have shifted in recent decades. It used to be meant in a negative sense - everyone has the right not to be interfered with in their "pursuit of happiness". Now it seems to mean that everyone has the right to goods and services, even if it means those who have earned them are robbed in order to fulfil the "right" of those who haven't (so called "redistribution of wealth").
Look at the riots and protests going on in the USA following Trumps' win. But what are these people actually protesting against?
Bayes. My “ implication” was not an implication - it was an accusation. If you re-read it I was referring to the EXTREME “right- wing” opinions such as Reyth was expressing.
My political opinions could be referred to as “ left of centre” but some of my opinions would be classed as “ right-wing” by those on the “ extreme left” . I am opposed to both of the extremes.
I believe in human rights but not human wrongs and all too often these are mixed up by legislation.
I think the UK government should not build more prisons but build more Mental Institutions because that is where some offenders should be.
Nor should young prisoners be trained for a vocation when youngsters who have not broken the law don’t get the same opportunity.
No FAMILY should receive more in benefits than the average NON-SKILLED wage however many children they have.
I have heard - but cannot believe it to be true -that someone gets a carer’s allowance for looking after his “partner” and the “ partner” also gets an allowance for looking after her “ carer” ! Bloody Bonkers if true !
Your opinion is different to mine in regard to social security. With changing methods in production and services there is bound to be much unemployment and I think that common decency calls upon us to help those affected until they re-enter employment.
We are not always master of our fate . As the saying goes
“ There but for the grace of God Go I “
In matters religious I am an unbeliever but I am not always inclined to “ pass by on the other side “ .