We’d rather allow the state, not ourselves, to make the everyday mundane choices in life. Promoting individual liberty does not equate to despising government and advocating demolishing the state to its foundations – far from it.
A brief extract from my latest contribution to Liberal Democrat Voice. You can read it here
Made the front page of the politics section at The Huffington Post. Quite pleased with myself, and grateful for a contribution being used. Much thanks to the Post.
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A trip down memory lane; I was ready my first ever OP/ED for the voice back in 2008. Arguably the most controversial article to ever appear on that website. I was, at the time, an ‘independent liberal’ defending the Iraq war.
46 comments; majority of them quite critical. In retrospective, I was quite naive and rather too overt with my contrarianism. Reviewing the wording and presentation does not alter my original opinions. I still support my stance. But I do make one observation and criticism;
That is why I am an independent liberal. My views and beliefs are different to some, and my support for the neoconservative agenda has isolated me amongst liberals. But if the liberalism we hold so dear is based on liberty and democracy, then we of all people have the moral right to spread it.
I was extremely arrogant with my assertions and too cocky. Had an uncanny ability to alienate the readers by assuming my opinion was the only legitimate answer. Honestly wish to believe I’ve matured and no longer maintained that attitude.
Sometimes, I think it is beneficial to review previous work and to observe potential areas for improvement. Good for the soul.
I am deeply honoured to have been given an opportunity to contribute to THE IDEALOGUE. My article is in relation to the Tea Party movement; a commentary of the movement and whether it bares any analogy to the original Boston Tea Party;
…At first, I was inspired by the tea party and what -I thought- it stood for. I honestly believed it was a movement to restore America to its founding principles; principles that were inspiring during the enlightenment period and helped to educate the world in a new form of government. Sadly, it was not the case. The activists and politicians, who were subsequently elected, simply used historical events to appeal to voters and had no true idea of what the Boston Tea party actually stood for. Another case of those rewriting history for political purposes and the means to gain power.
THE IDEALOGUE is an expanding outlet, that I highly recommend to my readers. Again, a huge thank you to the editing team.
I was kindly invited to take part in the ‘Bloggers’ takeover‘ at Liberal Democrat Voice today. You can read my opinion piece on arguing for Liberal Democrats to take up the defence of liberty
A huge thanks to Paul for the offer and Alex for arranging the project. It is always good to participate in helping the Voice.