What would you say it means to be on the political left?
I think of the left as the belief in equality across the board. In my interpretation, the further left you re the more equality you are in favor of, with the extreme being anarchism-a belief in horizontal organization with no one having power over anyone else.
Big government- regulations- high taxes - government controlled HC - government control of wealth distribution - government control of individual success - government control of businesses - government control of banks - government control of your life!
I’m unambiguously left wing and none of these apply to me, they also don’t account for any of the libertarian socialist movement and could be applied to many dictatorships that were explicitly right wing.
Again it can mean one of at least these three things; advocacy of social control over the means of production, revolutionary politics, or skepticism/opposition of various forms of social hierarchies which have often been seen as desirable or necessary by advocates of right wing politics.