Of course there are and there always were. To me, the woke aren't "far-left" but are a bad combination of leftist-related ideals coupled with right-wing fascist methods. That puts them on neither
To me, the left is Western Europe where people have the highest standards of living and the longest lives. This is a provable truth and that's what matters to me as it has been functioning for decades like this. I believe that a government should be in the service of the people and provide necessities without the toxic profit motive being involved. A heavily-regulated private sector can fight over luxury items so people will still have something to aspire to. I say heavily-regulated because it's been made patently clear that private corporations cannot be trusted to not destroy everything in their quest for ever-rising profits. This is the truth and it's not only provable, we see it every single day.
I also believe in limits on how much wealth one person can have because at some point, more wealth does nothing to improve one's life. These billionaires who hoard their wealth damage the economy more than any criminal enterprise because an economy is an engine, labour is the fuel that powers it and money is the oil that helps it to run smoothly. If you keep taking oil out of an engine and hoarding it in bottles, the engine will eventually suffer catastrophic failure. Again, not only is this provable, we see it every single day.
I'm on the left because I'm moved by truth, not rhetoric. I did my own research, obtained information only from sources that were the most qualified to give it. Any time I saw lies or misleading rhetoric, I was reviled and moved away from it. By the time I was done my research, I found myself to be a member of the NDP and so here I am. Make no mistake however, if lies started to come from the party of which I am a member, I wouldn't defend it at all costs, I would attack it because defending it when it's wrong doesn't make it better, it only makes it worse.
The truth is the truth. What we want to be true is irrelevant. This is why, if you go and look at every post that I've ever made on Techspot, you will never
find me lying. One reason is that I have no problem saying "I don't know." when I am really not sure about something. You may find me in error and when shown the error, I am proud to eat my fair share of crow and move on. In fact, when I'm proven wrong, I thank the person who proved me wrong because I know that I'm a better man for it. Lies occur when someone is proven wrong but won't accept it. People like that have weak and fragile egos. I'm not like that because if I'm wrong, I WANT to know so I can change for the better. To me, that's the most respectable position that one can take because we're all human and being wrong sometimes is just a part of the whole deal.
I don't think that my philosophy is all that great or complicated, it's just what makes the most sense to me based on the truths that have been proven to me. I don't cling to anything because that would be like refusing to use anything newer than a Pentium.