Global systems

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International relations

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Conservatives for Liberty  | Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East
Labour Uncut  | Trump has got a point on NATO, Russia and climate change
Labour Uncut  | Timely advice for a very fresh president

Domestic politics

Left Foot Forward  | We need to end the neoliberal love affair with all things tech – before it’s too late
Conservatives for Liberty  | A Full English Brexit: hard or soft, Remoaners may have egg on their face
ConservativeHome  | Labour is down but not out
Spiked | We must defend internet freedom

Personal Philosophy

• Each and every worthwhile virtue springs, to my mind, from two main ingredients: truth and/or humanity
• Contrarily, each and every vice or sin arguably emanates from an absence of/imbalance in these qualities
• Self-mastery is progressively engaging with/internalising truths pertaining to oneself, in the above spirit
• Greatness lies in a manifest capacity to productively leverage talent and wisdom, in the above context

Political Philosophy

Environmental Sustainability

Safeguarding ecosystems and maintaining ecological diversity is absolutely integral to human, and broader ecological, vibrancy and sustainability

Pragmatic Pluralism

A political philosophy incorporating aspects of philosophical pluralism and political pragmatism, such that the affirmation of sustainable ideological diversity is considered paramount. Somewhat paradoxically, this includes room for the rejection of ideological factors that undeniably threaten pluralistic diversity (the paradox of tolerance) - something that the Fourth Way model* must incorporate if plurality is to be optimally safeguarded under such a system.

* The Fourth Way is a particular approach to pluralist integrated bargaining where one finds two opposing viewpoints. The Third Way represents a (somewhat centrist) compromise between two such conflicting stances, whereas the Fourth Way describes a process of harmonisation via the adoption of a position of, or most likely to achieve, general consensus. The state in a pluralistic society, under this political schema, must be in no way ideologically biased and instead concern itself with fostering a stable environment in which a plurality of views may exist, enter public discourse, and hence facilitate the broadening of horizons and the optimal evolution of policy.

Monopoly/Crony Capitalist Systems

Of our politicians we must ‘ask': "Are you here especially to serve the interests of the people, or are the people here to serve your special interests?". It has been said that, in the new Corbynista age, "we must defeat Socialism all over again". Indeed we must, as well as retrograde nationalism/protectionism on the flip-side. Without doubt, the resurgence of populism presents a number of fresh challenges/opportunities.

Stability can only be ensured by cleaning up and culturing (global) capitalism e.g. removing exploitative/extractive loopholes and networks, restoring free markets through keener institutional design and more robust moderation, with an eye on social, cultural, and economic equity & sustainability; plus, doing more to prevent globalism from continuing to gobble up the ‘trickle-down' benefits we've historically come to expect to flow from entrepreneurial endeavours, more generally.

Absent any deliberately engineered, marked (security/war based) crack-down on civil liberties by the (illiberal) elite, or the rise of a suitably brave and prescient ‘benevolent dictator' among those at the very top of the pile, anything short of the above indicated cultural revolution won’t do. In an age of increasingly automated/outsourced labour, intangible transactions and capital flows (inc. tax evasion/avoidance), and, frankly, greed, only major reform can avert:

  • The debasement of economic systems*

  • Enhanced degradation of social fabric

  • Political disenfranchisement

  • Probable labour movement revolt

  • Conceivably catastrophic class war

* Not just fiscal/current accounts but also domestic demand, dynamism, entrepreneurial flair, savings (endogenous investment pools), and inward investment