Personally I first gained an interest in politics during the 2012 American Presidential Election, I was basically a paleoconservative (ew) and supported Mitt Romney. After that I settled into a Left Liberal school of thought maybe Social Democrat. But over the last year I suddenly radicalized. Now I'm a Revolutionary Socialist, and support the eventual creation of a communist society.
How have your guys views changed?
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i still don't know a ton about politics, but i am definitely more informed now than i was for the 2008 election (i was somewhat informed for the 2012 election since i was going to vote that year). i was very Catholic as a kid so a lot of my views were pretty conservative. i would say i am moderately liberal now.0
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I have started to gain interest in politics quite early, when I was around 10 or 11. My mom has been a somewhat active member of the socialist party in my country and my dad is also pretty left-wing, although he doesn't talk much about politics. One of my dad's friends was a member of the city council (executive) for several years, also for the socialist party. So I was socialized early on into being interested in politics.
However, having grown up in a left-wing environment, my views haven't changed very much over the years. I was left wing as a teenager and I'm still a lefty nowadays. However, like yourself, I have radicalized as well over the years. When I was a teenager, I very much believed in the democratic process. I come from Switzerland and we're the only country in the world that has direct democracy on all levels, including a national level. Because of this, questioning direct democracy was completely out of the question for me. It's very much considered a golden calf in my country, maybe like veterans are in the US. Daring to criticize it is almost like being a traitor. And it's true that direct democracy has many advantages over all the other democracies in the world. However, there are also a few big dangers. Partially due to the changes of the political environment in my country during the past 10 years, I have started to question direct democracy and doubt its supposed perfectness. I nowadays sympathize with more militant left-wing groups such as the first generation of the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion) in Germany (1970s).
When I was a teenager, I used to be super into communism for a few years. I read Marx and talked about it with other friends who were interested. But because I study history at Uni and because I'm a well-educated person, I also had a point in my life where I had to admit to myself that communism can't be the solution. I still find it interesting as an idea but I don't think it's feasible or indeed, desirable for humanity. Instead, I now sympathize quite strongly with syndicalism and socialist anarchism. Both of these models (or a mix of both of them) would be much better than communism in my opinion. Syndicalism in particular can look back on a few very interesting and successful real-life experiments in the history of the 20th century. It also has a few famous supporters such as famous American linguist and intellectual Noam Chomsky.0