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If committed to a particular set of beliefs and ideas, one must also be willing to adopt certain attitudes to demonstrate this commitment in everyday life.

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If committed to a particular set of beliefs and ideas, one must also be willing to adopt certain attitudes to demonstrate this commitment in everyday life. Political ideologies - beliefs, ideas and attitudes about politics - are often oriented towards political action by those subscribing to that ideology; however, commitment to the ideology also requires the application of those attitudes to everyday circumstances. It is hypocritical not to have everyday attitudes aligned with one's political beliefs. Socialism is an example of an ideology that requires one to adopt socialist attitudes in everyday life, as well as in political action. ...read more.

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Socialist ideologies can be fundamentally viewed as anti-capitalist; a commitment to such views requires the realisation of both political actions and changes to everyday attitudes. One who proclaims to uphold socialist attitudes can not, therefore, be opposed to change in a capitalist society. Although a Utopian socialist may reject political revolution, and a Reformist socialist may support improvements within the system, both would adopt similar (anti-capitalist) attitudes in everyday life: neither indulging in excess nor supporting exploitation that can occur between classes. The attitudes that indicate socialist beliefs in daily situations must align with the political beliefs and actions of socialism. ...read more.

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The term 'ideology' has been defined as "a way of translating ideas into practice"3. Commitment to a political ideology requires the application of political beliefs and ideas to everyday circumstances. Whether demonstrating egalitarianism by sharing, the anti-capitalist choice to reject luxury or a moralist sense of responsibility for others, all socialist tendencies require not only political action but also adoption of socialist attitudes in daily life. The daily attitudes of socialist ideology must align with socialist political beliefs. In the words of Albert Einstein: "It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. ...read more.

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