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End communism!
Democracy now
in North Korea, Vietnam,
Cuba and China.

Liberal democracy everywhere.
End tyranny everywhere.
Writers on politics that I like

The fight for human freedom

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Politics

I 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.


The World


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.


In favour of capitalism




The right

I 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 modern right


Who would I vote for?


Barack Obama


The Irish right



The media

The 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.


Some universal laws and paradoxes of human nature


Cinema and the war



The left

I 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.


The modern left


The left's support for tyranny


The left's support for Islamism


Left-wing v. right-wing violence


The Irish left




Tyranny and Democide

Communism 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.


The fight for human freedom


Fascism


Communism


Countries



Islamic tyranny

Islamism 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.


Islamic Fascism


Israel


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Countries



Freedom of speech and thought

The core of all freedoms is that we should be free to talk about everything. All other freedoms follow.


Anti-censorship




Ireland

I 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.





Debates

I try not to let this site take over my life. But I enjoy a quality debate if anyone wants to have one.


Debates with people broadly on the left:


Debates with Islamists:


Brief exchanges:



Writers on politics that I like

This is by no means an exhaustive list. But it gives you an idea:


  • Adam Smith
  • Thomas Paine
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Edmund Burke
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Winston Churchill
  • George Orwell
  • F.A. Hayek
  • Karl Popper
  • Milton Friedman

  • Ronald Reagan
  • John Bolton
  • Paul Wolfowitz
  • Richard Perle
  • David Frum
  • Robert Kagan
  • Norman Podhoretz

  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Natan Sharansky
  • Rudolph J. Rummel
  • James C. Bennett
  • Mark Palmer
  • Richard Fernandez
  • Richard Landes
  • Hernando de Soto

  • Victor Davis Hanson
  • Mark Steyn
  • Michael Ledeen
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Max Boot
  • Jonah Goldberg
  • Nile Gardiner
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Ralph Peters

  • Joshua Muravchik
  • Daniel Pipes
  • Alan Dershowitz
  • Robert W. Tracinski
  • David Horowitz
  • P.J. O'Rourke
  • Bruce Bawer

  • Douglas Murray
  • Theodore Dalrymple
  • Michael Gove
  • Andrew Bolt
  • Richard Waghorne

  • Robert Spencer
  • Amir Taheri
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Ibn Warraq
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali



The fight for human freedom

From the Renaissance to the Reformation. From the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment. From the struggle for democracy and human rights in the 18th century to the last stand for democracy in World War Two in the 20th century. From the defeat of the Ottoman Turks to the defeat of Napoleon. From the Cold War to the War on Terror. The struggle for human freedom is unending.

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:




After victory in 1989, we thought freedom and modern science had won.
How baffling it is that suddenly we are in a conflict with primitive, barbaric, illiterate, 7th century religion.
How depressing. But we will win this one too.




Pro-interventionist

The main change in my thinking over the last few years has been that I have become much more interventionist. I want to end tyranny everywhere. I want to end Islamic law and replace it with freedom of religion. I want to end communism and replace it with freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and elections.

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.




Map of world freedom 2014, based on rankings of Freedom House.
Green - "Free".
Yellow - "Partly Free".
Purple - "Not Free".



The world's true freedom fighters.




"I'm crying.
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.




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Blocked on Twitter: I am blocked on Twitter by George Galloway MP and Owen Jones and Mo Ansar and Charles Johnson and Frankie Boyle and Carlos Latuff and CAGE and Stanley Cohen and Alaa Abd El Fattah and Aziz Poonawalla and Mubin Shaikh and Ali Abunimah and David Sheen and Andy Kindler and John Cusack and Mick Wallace TD and Cllr. Paul Donnelly and Cllr. Enda Fanning and Mary Fitzgerald and Frank McDonald and Donal O'Keeffe and Joanna Kiernan and Rachel Lynch and Allan Cavanagh and Umar Al-Qadri. What a shower. Islamists and Islamic right-wing conservatives. And their western leftist enablers and fellow-travellers.

Who I block: I will debate almost anyone. I love ideas. I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following: (a) Make threats. (b) Accuse me of crimes. (c) Comment on my appearance. (d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.) (e) Complain to my employer. Yes, people do all these things.