You’re probably expecting me to say I’m a communist, considering my URL, and that is pretty much the truth. Lately though I’ve been calling myself a socialist more and more, not because my views have really changed, but because I find it gives me more freedom to let them change without having to do too much reevaluating of my identity.
I’m not too fussed about what other people call me though, so long as it’s not blatantly wrong. I’m a socialist, a communist, somewhat trotskyist, far left and many other things. I suppose I’m most comfortable being thought of as a socialist and far left, since these are things I have always considered myself to be.
I was about eight when I fist started to become interested in politics, and even before then I knew the basic idea of things (though it was mostly based around British party politics, since that was what I picked up on from the huge amount of time I spent watching the news). There hasn’t been a point since then when I haven’t considered myself quite far left. It always seemed pretty obvious to me that that was the most logical view point, and when I was about eleven I started reading more about it (the Communist Manifesto and an awful lot of Orwell), leading to me identifying for several years (and still partly today) as communist.
It was only relatively recently that I started to consider the different variations of communism, and I’m still nothing definite with that.