Some people believe that you should trust in the goodwill of corporations, instead of having labor unions and legislating government protections for the weak and the poor.Some people believe that not allowing Internet providers to give preferential treatment to some, and slow down others, is needless government interference.
Some people believe that if you allow rich people to get out of paying taxes, their wealth will somehow trickle down to the rest of us.
Some people believe that if you're unsuccessful, poor, or unemployed, it's your fault.
Some people believe that individuals should be responsible for managing the complex web of investments in their retirement accounts, and that if they screw it up, that somehow churches and private organizations will pick up the slack.
Some people believe unemployment benefits are a waste, and those same churches and private organizations should be the main source of help.
Some people believe that if you put any regulations at all in place on an industry, it's unreasonable.
Some people believe that insurance companies always have your best interests at heart, and we should trust them to run our health care system.
Some people believe that if a policeman beats somebody up, that person had it coming to them.
Some people believe that it's OK for the government to disregard the Constitution in time of war, or anytime that there is an unspecified "threat" to the country.
Some people believe that religious freedom is only for Christians and Jews, and everyone else should stay quiet.
Some people believe that our laws should reflect church law, and only heterosexual couples should have the right to get married.
I don't believe any of that. I believe we have a responsibility to help others. I believe in separation of church and state. I believe we need to protect the weak, the minority, the underserved.
And that's why I'm a socialist.