Ragged Clown

It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing…


Euston Manifesto

It’s a statement of principles drawn up by a group of progressives in London. 15 powerful paragraphs of truth and clarity. I would sign my name to every sentence (even the one about open source).

Here’s its conclusion :

It is vitally important for the future of progressive politics that people of liberal, egalitarian and internationalist outlook should now speak clearly. We must define ourselves against those for whom the entire progressive democratic agenda has been subordinated to a blanket and simplistic ‘anti-imperialism’ and/or hostility to the current US administration. The values and goals which properly make up that agenda — the values of democracy, human rights, the continuing battle against unjustified privilege and power, solidarity with peoples fighting against tyranny and oppression — are what most enduringly define the shape of any Left worth belonging to.


It’s a shame they felt the need to write this because so much of it seems self-evident to me. But I am glad they did because it stands in stark contrast to the caricature of progressive politics that is usually hauled out for criticism in america.