Monday, March 07, 2005

Liberal Elite: A Mission Statement (Of Sorts)

The bottom line is this: we’re bored. Bored of mainstream media. Bored of traditional left-versus-right modes of thought. Especially bored of Labour and Conservative party politics (indifferent to the Lib Dems). Our roots and instincts are probably (just about) within the Labour Party but the incumbent government is often an animal that we do not recognise as the one we so eagerly supported in 1997. Perhaps we’ve changed. Who knows? The point is, ideology is dead and political labels are increasingly meaningless. We live in a country where a centre-left government frequently acts with dictatorial impunity on social affairs while managing the economy with Hayekian monetarist glee. Meanwhile, over the pond, a right wing, Christian conservative has, by removing the vile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, greatly advanced the causes of global secularism and democracy while, at home, running up the kind of deficits and government spending not seen in the US since the 1970s.

Oh yes, we live in crazy, contradictory times. The old labels just no longer apply.

We’re also tired of the proliferation of boring, ill-informed blogs that fill the web. The internet is awash with the mind-vomit of millions of stump-headed troglodytes with absolutely nothing valuable to say. As if this were not bad enough, people think it is acceptable to publish their insipid twaddle littered with grammatical and spelling errors. No wit. No panache. No effort. No point. This is unforgivable in our eyes. Snobbery? No. Well, maybe a little bit. We prefer to think of it as having high standards.

Which leads us to here - The Liberal Elite . The name is meant ironically – we do not consider ourselves to be “liberal” (another increasingly meaningless label) or “elite”. We chose the name because we know there are a lot of people out there that would stick our opinions in that basket. Also because it just made us laugh. Our intention is to amuse, provoke, inflame, unite and destroy. In that order.

Our slogan is “Because you’re wrong.” Why? Because you are.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

quote "Meanwhile, over the pond, a right wing, Christian conservative has, by removing the vile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, greatly advanced the causes of global secularism and democracy "

You do realise whats going on in Iraq don't you? A government is about to be formed that is controlled by an extremely NON-secular group, ie the coalition of Shiite clerics who got the majority of the votes. The irony is, that under Sadaam, Iraq was a lot more secular than the rest of the middle east including such US allies as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

While this invasion and election MAY advance the cause of democracy in Iraq (this remains to be seen) it will almost assurdly see a resurgance of religion in Iraqi government and a degredation of women's rights (which has already begun).

Oh and remember this invasion was never about democracy, it was about WMDs that presented an immediate threat to the US. heh.

Citizen Sane said...

Maybe I should have added "respectively". I'm not claiming that both causes are necessarily advanced in both instances. However, the removal of the Taliban WAS a victory for secularism (or, at least , the removal of murderous fundamentalist fascists) whichever way you want to look at it and the elections in Iraq ARE a victory for democracy because, well, people are allowed to vote there now. We are also now arguably seeing the beginning of a wave of change sweeping through the Middle East (see Lebanon). I'm not convinced that this is wholly the result of the war in Iraq (nor would I be happy to see a grinning Bush take all the credit for it) but it seems obvious that it's played a pretty big part.

Do not assume that my observations make me a Bush sympathiser (I'm not) or that I wholeheartedly support any foreign policy action that the US undertakes (I don't). I just don't buy the Michael Moore arguments of the anti-war left.

Anyway, thanks Anonymous. Do call again.

Anonymous said...

Yes a respectively would've helped and you are correct, anyone other than the Taliban makes Afghanistan more secular.

I will wait a bit before I believe this 'sea of change' that is taking place in the Middle East.

4 things to consider:

1. Will Abbas end up being any better than Arafat? Can he control the militants and make real negotiations with the Israelis?

2. Is Syria really gone from Lebanon, and if so who will assume control, Hezbollah? Oh joy.

3. What is Iran up to?

4. What will happen to the Iraqi government? Will the Shiite's try to link themselves to Iran? How much of a role will Islam play in the government and constitution? Will the US or the Iraqis be able to control the sunni insurgency?

Anonymous said...

Yes a respectively would've helped and you are correct, anyone other than the Taliban makes Afghanistan more secular.

I will wait a bit before I believe this 'sea of change' that is taking place in the Middle East.

4 things to consider:

1. Will Abbas end up being any better than Arafat? Can he control the militants and make real negotiations with the Israelis?

2. Is Syria really gone from Lebanon, and if so who will assume control, Hezbollah? Oh joy.

3. What is Iran up to?

4. What will happen to the Iraqi government? Will the Shiite's try to link themselves to Iran? How much of a role will Islam play in the government and constitution? Will the US or the Iraqis be able to control the sunni insurgency?

Anonymous said...

Oh and a double post. Yay for me.

Gothamimage said...

Being bored can be an art form- go check out thedeclinist.com

Yoda said...

I hate irony - nearly as much as I hate people who don't know how to use semi-colons and the "The Liberal Elite;" Cunts they are.