Liberalism

The Left Should Not Hitch Its Wagons to the Duggan Crusade

Paul Embery | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Defending the Mark Duggans of this world does nothing to advance the fight against poverty, injustice, low pay, privatisation, racism, inequality and war. Duggan was no Steve Biko, and it ill-behoves us to present him as a victim of racist state oppression.

It's Christmas, Not a 'Season': Britain Must Defeat Political Correctness and Amateurish Cultural Homogenisation

Abhaey Singh | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

The reality of human existence has always been one of diversity, particularity and dissimilarity. The most heroic contributors to human civilisation - and to the story of nations - have been individuals and cultures with distinct perspectives and propensities to those of the prevailing norm.

The Campaign to Ban the Veil Is Only the Latest Attack on the Muslim Community

John Wight | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The latest manifestation of this campaign centres on the veil, or niqab, worn by a minority of Muslim women in Britain but recently inflated to assume the status of a threat to society. It is a campaign which has drawn support from both right and left of the mainstream political spectrum and commentariat, justified on the basis of women's rights, security, and/or progress.

A Brief History of US Interventions, 1973-2013: History Repeating?

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Mixing moral case with geo-power turned out a toxic cocktail. The world cannot stand by as a brutal dictator gasses or violates his own people - in Syria or Chile. Neither it should stand for a toxic policy of military intervention.

Kenneth Minogue, An Imaginative Reactionary

Dalibor Rohac | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dalibor Rohac

Kenneth Minogue, who passed away last week, aged 82, was an intellectual giant of the free market movement. At the same time, he was a man of great humility and a distinctly Australian sense of whimsy and wry self-deprecation. In spite of his advanced age he always seemed in fine shape...

Obama Is the New Clegg: Both Helped Kill Mainstream Liberalism

Jackson Rawlings | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jackson Rawlings

The moment Clegg got into bed with Cameron and co. was the moment he relinquished all rights to that kind of balanced assessment. It should never have happened; simple as. A token voting system referendum and a few quid added to a tax threshold doesn't make up for the fact he has lost the student vote for his party.

The Grillo Threat: Why We Should All Worry About 'Liberal Populism'

William Brett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
William Brett

While there are good reasons for liberal populists to be disillusioned, the solution is not to abandon representative democracy but to reinforce it. The liberal populism of Grillo and his ilk must be confronted before it's too late.

Witches and Witch Hunts - What the Salem Trials Tell us Today

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

How do we promote tolerance and protect free speech in a time where organised groups openly, and others clandestinely, exploit our liberal values to oppose our aims, sometimes with the deadliest of means?

The Strange Death of Liberal England

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I recently wrote on this site that, in reference to the recently published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant and on holiday, that '...our morbid fascination with this bizarre, ordinary family invests them with a sort of inverted dignity just by them doing and saying nothing of real consequence.' I didn't expect such a vivid illustration to present itself so soon.

Julie Burchill's 'Transsexuals' Article Is a Triumph for Liberal Hypocrisy

Planet Ivy | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Planet Ivy

Burchill is actually quite elegant in her dismantlement of the "vociferous transsexual lobby and their grim groupies". Shame her understanding of such communities amounts to a gross misrepresentation.

Some People (May) Choose to be Gay, Get Over It

Darian Meacham | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Darian Meacham

Sexual orientation is, I think, a complex thing and not reducible to the facile and outdated categories of nature or nurture. Likewise, rights can be complex. But the case here is simple, whether that way by chance or choice, gays and lesbians deserve the right to marry. Granting that right in the UK is a good choice, let's make it now.

One Country, No Nation

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

The nation could go the way of the parish and Great Britain could become a prototype for states across the world.

Soda Taxes Will Make Us Less Free, Not Less Fat

Tom Bailey | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

At the forthcoming UK Liberal Democrat conference, a tax on soda drinks will be proposed. Predictably the reason given was that they wish to promote a "healthier and more sustainable diet" through taxation

America Needs and Deserves a New Conservatism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Politics
Noam Schimmel

The overriding ideology which drives the Republican Party today is not conservatism. In fact, it's more radical than anything a prudent, cautious, skeptical conservative would support.

The London Olympics - Sport for All - and That Includes Saudi Women

Sam Fraser | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK
Sam Fraser

For every British girl bunking off games today, there is a girl somewhere in the world who is denied the right to exercise. Games lessons and team sports don't exist in her school curriculum and PE knickers have never, not ever, been on the uniform list.

The Paradox of Conservative Political philosophy in contemporary America

Tony Sobrado | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK
Tony Sobrado

Conservatism as a political philosophy is difficult to define and locate within a philosophical spectrum. From a traditional standpoint it's more a di...

Pride and Prejudice: Negotiating Identity in Britain

Eleanor Kelly | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Eleanor Kelly

It's been a busy year for identity politics in Britain. Most recently, millions have watched the woman of My Tram Experience express her opinion on who is and isn't British in the UK today.