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2012: We beat them…

By them, of course, I mean the Maya. Screw you guys!

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Your worst fears have come to pass my friends – the Spineless Liberal is leaving you without his pearls of wisdom for a little while. It’s been fun, but we all knew this would happen. It’s not you, it’s me. I just can’t deal with something this serious right now. Maybe in a little while, we’ll go for coffee, talk it over.

I promise, it’ll only be for a few months.

I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to this blog the last six weeks or so due to exams, which are mercifully soon ending. I might actually have passed my third year, go me!

However, I’m about to start an internship in the capital, which proves to be an amazing experience, and very demanding of my time and energy.

As such, I’m calling it quits. There’s no point you waking up at 6am every morning, desperately I’ll have been unable to sleep and posted something informative and persuasive. I’ll let you down easy.

I’m hoping to be back to blogging after my internship, my moving into a new apartment, and our Freshers Fair here in Nottingham (which will be very busy for me, as I’m now President of Nottingham Liberal Youth and want to make a big impression at Freshers). Which means that I won’t be writing till around mid-October. A long time I know but… shall we call it a date?

Another month, another political compass. We’re half-way through the year and the most I can say is… this is one odd quiz. As we’ll see this month, it has some substantial failings.

So, I’ve drifted more economically leftist, and also more socially authoritarian. Never by much, but the drift is there.

It is regrettable that so many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.
Agree->Strongly Agree

Before, I’ve “Agree”d because it’s regrettable but inevitable. Now, I “Strongly Agree” but despite it being inevitable, I regret it. A slight flip but enough to shove me FAR further to the left than last month, which I don’t entirely think is accurate. I do agree with much of the left-wing critique of capitalism, but a large part of it is frankly, too huge and monolithic to be altered in the short to medium term without violent overthrow – which I do not and cannot condone. Simply because I accept parts of the world around me, doesn’t mean I like those aspects.

First-generations immigrants can never be fully integrated within their new country.
Strongly Disagree->Disagree

This lost me liberal-points, but for a liberal reason. People are always encumbered by the enculturation of their socialising culture, usually the culture in which they were born or raised. This isn’t so much of a problem, but all societies are implicitly the culture of the majority, as Kymlicka has shown – no matter how secular America may formally be, or how secular Britain may in practice be, in the end, we get Christmas day off as a bank holiday, but not Eid or Hannukah. We may allow them, but societies, no matter how open, always reflect in some way the culture of the dominant majority. Making it ever harder for immigrants to integrate. So, I disagree, they can integrate, but the cards are stacked against them. But I still maintain that this is a reasonably liberal interpretation, I never make the claim that such an issue is a good thing.

The Political Compass asks interesting questions and gives an interesting result – but it never bothers to ask why. Despite the fact that why is perhaps the most important question of them all.

Right, time for May’s Political Compass. It comes at a particularly lovely (if busy – exams) time, as I’ve just…well, read.

I’ve also, if I’ve posted this at the right time, just hit 10,000 posts on twitter! What synchronicity.

So, here goes.

Hmm…. a little more economically left and socially liberal. I seem to drift around a few squares, but I’m starting to find exactly where I lay.

I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

No one chooses his or her country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it.
Strongly Disagree -> Disagree

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

These three are causing me quite a lot of trouble. I think it, essentially, stems from the fact that, intuitively, they’re horrendous aggressive-nationalist things to say, but, actually, they’re either a) not that bad or b) have liberal interpretations.

No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

I think that an independent media is utterly crucial. Yes, government funding is always a concern. Look at Al Jazeera’s slow drift from critic of Middle Eastern politics to media relations officers for Qatar’s foreign ministry. But, in  principle, I’m firmly in favour of the need for an independent broadcaster.

Well, that’s it for another month. Who knows where I’ll be in June!

One Year!

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