Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Introduction

Hi, I'm Drew, and I'm just discovering that, as global politics go, I'm pretty clueless. This was brought home to me by my assuming that the anti-globalisation movement, as represented to me for the most part by the local Irish Socialist Workers Party, were a crowd of idiots.

Two misconceptions have since become clear to me. First, the SWP have little to do with the global citizens movement, and second, "anti-globablisation movement" is a label applied by the media. There's a lot of clue available in the movement.

So I'm setting in to explore global politics as best I can, and come to whatever conclusions I can make stand up. I'm starting by reading Susan George's Another World is Possible if..., and will be proceeding through other texts as I get my hands on them, both left and right-wing. I suspect there's not much centrist material out there at present; politics from my initial point of view appears extremely polarised.

I'm probably starting from a fairly left-wing position - in ideal terms, I'd prefer that there were no governments, and that people were smart enough to make their own rational decisions. Confronted with the native stupidity of humanity, I think I'll have to regretfully lay practical anarchism to one side. I'm also interested in environmental questions, and am a practicing pagan. I'm interested in hearing from everyone, though - my political stance is much less firm that I'd like it to be, and I'm persistent in wanting to form my own opinions.

Over time, as I inform myself better, I except those opinions to solidify, and for this blog to move from exploration to commentary, and possibly even on into activism in areas I then find important. I'm looking forward to the trip.

1 Comments:

At Friday, May 26, 2006 2:09:00 p.m., Blogger Publius said...

Your starting points regarding the unfortunate necessity of government, and the inability to expect collective humanity to function at a level any higher than the depressingly low level of the typical person is actually a very Right-wing position. You're just short a few pegs from being a Conservative :)

 

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