in North Korea, Vietnam,
Cuba and China.
Liberal democracy everywhere.
End tyranny everywhere.
Writers on politics that I like
PoliticsI believe in western civilization, free speech, free press, rational enquiry, academic freedom, human rights, civil liberties, liberal democracy, minority rights, and a secular state. I believe these are universal values that should spread to the entire world. I want to see all dictatorships and tyrannies in the world ended, by force if necessary.
I believe that free enterprise, free trade and the right to property are allies of these freedoms, and essential to them. As I say, I haven't time to campaign on any of these. Setting up this web site is about the limit of my commitment at the moment.
The rightI am generally happy to describe myself as situated on the libertarian or neo-con right (or a classic 18th-19th century liberal).
Roughly: I agree with the left on civil liberties. I agree with the right on the economy and foreign policy.
The mediaThe media too often never questions the soft left narratives it uses, especially when dealing with strange, non-western people in conflict with the West.
Rather than attempting to actually understand these non-westerners, it usually patronises them by projecting (positive) western attributes onto them. For example, it imagines that they are fighting for "freedom". It imagines that their hatreds must be caused by "oppression". And so on.
The leftI was left-wing when I was young. The left were right in the past on things like domestic civil liberties, free speech, free private life, freedom of sexuality and freedom of religion (and freedom from religion).
But they have been wrong on an awful lot lately. First, on economics, they do not know how to make a country prosperous. Second, their foreign policy has become decadent. Instead of a great liberal vision of deposing all dictators, and bringing democracy and human rights to the whole world, their foreign policy seems instead to be based entirely on an infantile rejection of America.
Tyranny and DemocideCommunism and Fascism are the two great killers of innocents of the modern age, and the killing continues today, notably in North Korea. Islamic Fascism has also emerged as a new tyranny threatening the world.
The 20th century was a failed century of genocidal, statist, utopian philosophies. Let us hope that it never happens again. Let us hope that the 21st century is the century that classic liberalism spreads to the whole world.
Islamic tyrannyIslamism may be the last chance for tyranny. The last great, unifying, utopian, totalitarian system that can attract worldwide support. The last chance to hold back the tide of human freedom.
Freedom of speech and thoughtThe core of all freedoms is that we should be free to talk about everything. All other freedoms follow.
IrelandI myself am from Southern Ireland. Secular capitalism has finally triumphed there.
As an Irishman, the countries I feel closest to in terms of shared values are America and Britain.
DebatesI try not to let this site take over my life. But I enjoy a quality debate if anyone wants to have one.
It will not end, it will never end, until every country on earth is a democracy.
The enemies of human political and economic freedom:
Within the democracies, the right has the best track record on defending democracy and human freedom:
Almost all of the trouble in this world - including all war and all famine - is caused by the countries that are still not democratic. The world will never be safe until democracy spreads to the entire world. This may actually happen in our lifetimes. World War 2 brought democracy to Western Europe and the Far East. World War 3 brought democracy to Eastern Europe and South and Central America. And now World War 4 may be bringing democracy to the Middle East. This is a time of great hope. After 5,000 years of civilization, tyranny may finally be on the way out in this century. If the whole world becomes democratic, it will mean the end of war and the end of famine, forever.
The world's true freedom fighters.
This is our day, the day of all the oppressed and good people on earth.
Tears of joy filled the eyes of all the people.
Thank you American, British, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Ukrainian, Japanese and all the coalition people and all the good people on earth.
God bless Iraq. God bless America. God bless the coalition people and soldiers.
God bless all the freedom loving people on earth. I wish I could hug you all."
- An Iraqi blogger on the capture of the monster Saddam Hussein, Dec 2003 - the greatest moment of the century so far.