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rot wrote

What specific arguments or ideas changed your mind?

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KingGath wrote

The idea that got me originally hooked was the exploitation of the proletarian masses but after that drew my attention nearly every idea/argument really resided with me in my new found quest for a more equal society (I'm sorry that is such a board answer but I can't argue against any leftist argument/idea I have found).

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rot wrote

I'm just looking for language that people respond to.

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KingGath wrote (edited )

I don't know if this would work in any country outside of Europe (I haven't been outside of Europe ever) but the exploitation of the workers and free tuition fees are some of the leading factors that draw people to the left in Britain (in my experience)

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I underwent a similar transition fifteen years ago or so, and for me the catalyst was just life experience. I grew up in a bit of a bubble where it wasn't hard to maintain the illusion that capitalism was mostly fair, and most of my extended family and friends seemed to be fine.

And then I watched some friends and loved ones, good people with puritan work ethics, get sick or get hurt or just plain get unlucky and watch their health or their financial security or both wither despite fighting as hard as they could to keep them.

All of the logical evidence I needed that capitalism is innately flawed was in front of me long before I changed views. I had even read excerpts from Marx in college. But only when I watched loved ones suffer did I take it seriously.

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rot wrote

Same here but I was apolitical. I was never right wing