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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bits of Good News

Two bits of good news:

The Euston Manifesto (which I noticed, as I’m sure many of you did, over in The Corner). I need to read through it more carefully, but this declaration of democratic, progressive principles is well worth contemplation. Update: Another view (and a funny one, at that). And you can also read Publicola’s unfettered views on the subject (he plays nice when he comes here because he knows I’ll buy his dates drinks whenever the next bash rolls around).

The return of Oscar Jr, who is simply always worth reading. Welcome back.

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Thank you, as always, for the kind words.  I think that it will be nice to rejoin the conversation.

on Apr 16 2006 @ 01:30 PM

I read it. They lost me at the part about accepting democrats whether they’re socialist or not.

I really, really loathe collectivism, especially Marxist collectivism.

More or less the impression I got was it was just a bunch of collectivist CYA. If I had time I’d give it a nice fisking, but honestly the ones who’d appreciate the fisking could fisk it themselves, & those who think this manifesto is a cool thing wouldn’t get it.

& instead of saying it’s a statement of “democratic, progressive principles” I think it’d be more accurate to describe it as a statement of “Marxist-style collectivist tactics for putting a kinder, gentler face on the main threat to individualism & natural rights (of the Lockean school) in this country”.

If they wish to appear to not be a direct threat to my way of life, then they’d be better off with a statement about how Locke was right after all, & Marx was misguided & wrong. Til then the cultural divide is just too wide for me to fall for this.

on Apr 17 2006 @ 05:43 AM

P, I’m not going to be signing onto the agreement, but I would have to say that I like the fact that it gives me more in the way of common ground to have conversations with people who self-identify as “progressives.” Of course, “true” progressives will probably shout down these fake progressives, I suppose.

Either way, I think you’ll like the new link associated with that bit…

on Apr 17 2006 @ 04:16 PM
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