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.
I believe that free enterprise, free trade and the right to property
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.
I am generally happy to describe myself as situated on the libertarian
or neo-con right
(or a classic 18th-19th century liberal).
I agree with the left on civil liberties.
I agree with the right on the economy and foreign policy.
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.
I was left-wing when I was young.
The left were right in the past
on things like domestic civil
, free speech, free private life, freedom of sexuality
and freedom of religion (and freedom from
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 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.
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.
Freedom of speech and thought
The core of all freedoms
is that we should be free to talk about everything.
All other freedoms follow.
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
America and Britain.
I try not to let this site take over my life.
But I enjoy a quality debate if anyone wants to have one.
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
- Robert Kagan
- Norman Podhoretz
- Benjamin Netanyahu
- Natan Sharansky
- Rudolph J. Rummel
- James C. Bennett
- Mark Palmer
- Richard Fernandez
- Richard Landes
- Hernando de Soto
- Mark Steyn
- Michael Ledeen
- Charles Krauthammer
- Jonah Goldberg
- Nile Gardiner
- Thomas Sowell
- Ralph Peters
- Joshua Muravchik
- Daniel Pipes
- Robert W. Tracinski
- 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
From the Renaissance to the Reformation.
Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment.
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
to the defeat of
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
the best track record
on defending democracy and human freedom:
- The left
(sympathisers with the enemy in both World War 3
and World War 4,
only admirable in World War 2)
- The church
(sympathisers with the enemy in both World War 2
and World War 4,
only admirable in World War 3)
- The right
(defended democracy in all three wars)
- "Left" and "Right" - What am I?
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.
The main change in my thinking over the last few years
has been that I have become much more
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
all war and all famine - is caused by the
countries that are still not democratic.
The world will never be safe
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.
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
Green - "Free".
Yellow - "Partly Free".
Purple - "Not Free".
The world's true
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.