Liberalism

Re: Donald Trump

Sophie Bauer | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

Whatever you think of Donald, let's just admit one thing: every vaguely liberal human person out there bloody loves him. It is like we have been suffo...

Religion and Secular Liberalism Should Enrich Each Other in a Modern Democracy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Ignorance of others in a pluralist democracy is a big enemy. In recent decades the lack of religious literacy in Europe is becoming ever more evident....

Let's Defeat Islamic State by Colonising Mars

Alex Longman | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Longman

Sport is a good symbol in the fight against ISIS, but science is far better. The free world must unite around a common project that not only holds scientific and liberal values at its core but also, crucially, projects them out across the world - Mars is that project.

In Defence of Liberalism

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

No liberal believes in absolute freedom. We restrict freedom of speech by outlawing incitement to violence or racial hatred, and we restrict freedom of movement by putting in place border controls. Liberals are not anarchists: they believe in the need for some kind of State structure to protect life and liberty.

An Illiberal Tide Is Sweeping Across Europe

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The World War II defeat of fascism ushered Europe into an era where liberal democracy became the undisputed political ideology. West Germany became an...

Yes, Tim Farron Is a Diehard Liberal

Calum Miller | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

There was once a time when to be liberal meant to be tolerant of other people's views and behaviours - to allow them even when they offend or disgust,...

Finding Hope Amongst the Tunisian Darkness

Charlie Evans | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

If we stand in solidarity with one another, we defeat extremism. And if in 2025 we want to stop what we saw in Sousse two weeks ago, or what we saw in London ten years ago, then now is time to take some action.

Keeping the Baby but Not the Bathwater: Why Labour Should Rediscover Radical Liberalism

Alan Prout | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Prout

The radical liberal tradition, and the role it played in the founding of the Labour Party, provides a rich source of inspiration for reconnecting with the majority of the British people whose contemporary values echo its deeply democratic, anti-elitist and socially progressive spirit.

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

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...