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This is not a party political site and not very partisan in any way. My emphasis has tended to be on the quality of debate and campaigning, and especially on the need to appreciate represtentative democracy (government through elected representatives whose own views matter), and to be sceptical of the claims of vox pop, “the people”, social media, Crowd Wisdom, and “direct action”.

BBC pay for Talent, and fairness

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 24 July 2017. No comments.

I was called, but not chosen, as a potential contributor to a BBC Radio 4 current affairs show about the BBC pay disclosures.

Here, put simply, is what I would have said (with a bit of explanation below the fold):

The BBC ought to organise itself so that its senior current affairs presenters are better and cost less. Its entertainment presenters should matter less to it, and also should increasingly be more cheaply home-grown.

Also: is absurd for quite over-paid women presenters to complain that they are not paid as much as grossly over-paid males. No fairness principle worth the name is at stake in the women’s claims for parity.

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Bossy Liberals and Fascism: 100 years war

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns on 11 June 2017. No comments.

This 13,000 word PDF download  BLF Essay 110617 is a four-part study in the history, ideas and current picture of the opposition between Fascism, authoritarianism and their clearest opponents, the Bossy Liberals. It is a beefier and wider account of the issues which lie behind the phenomenon of the Auto-liberal who is so important to modern politics.

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Auto-liberals, Corbynistas and modernity #1

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 8 June 2017. No comments.

I posit that we have mass-produced Auto-liberals who are mostly graduates, or soon will be. They have unthinkingly picked up a variety of  narrow, intolerant, Bossy Liberalism which assumes that only the soft-left Green worldview can be open-minded, inclusive, progressive and fair. They constitute a good deal of the success of the delusionist (old-hat, half-baked) Corbyn tendency within the Labour Party.

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Auto-liberals, Corbynistas and modernity #2

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 5 June 2017. No comments.

This near-2000 word posting is a sort of appendix to Auto-liberals, Corbynistas and modernity #1.

It is designed to colour-in some of the necessary historical and philosophical background to the way modern Auto-liberals and their Bossy Liberalism fit into and cut across long-running assumptions.

1: Some contemporary political history
2: Unpicking J S Mill’s Religion of Humanity
for our time

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Rural idylls: Sanctuary and decline

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / On art / On books / Politics & campaigns on 22 December 2016. No comments.

Much – probably most – modern creative work deploys the rural  as emblematic of a glorious, simpler, greener world which man has wounded. In this it seems to follow traits and tropes which have dominated countryside writing for millenia. I argue that  actually, views of the rural scene have changed dramatically over the centuries, and in some case views have reversed their valency. (The wild used to be reviled, now it is revrred.)
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Chris Martin on Trump (Or: Fascism, liberalism and karma)

Posted by RDN under Handling protest / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns on 13 November 2016. No comments.

Chris Martin of Cold Play was spot-on when he burst on to Graham Norton’s set and described the karmic moment represented by Donald Trump’s success in being elected President of the United States. Mr Martin said, in terms, that Trump expressed the feelings of millions of people, and that doing so is a refreshing and crucial part of democracy. Dead right. More »

Notes on politics for young liberals

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 18 July 2016. No comments.

I have posted four linked posts on what bright, educated, nice, liberal-minded and especially young voters ought to do instead of feeling superior about Brexit, the disaffected white working class, and the Tories.  A brief guide to these brief notes follows… More »

Auto-liberal politics #1 How the centre-left can thrive

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 17 July 2016. No comments.

In a nutshell: The Auto-liberals have helped the failing working class to put a 1960s liberationist lefty within a whisker of Number 10. Still, the June 2017 election brought out a huge, wide, vote for the Tories. The centre looks very squeezed. But against all the odds, there is plenty of action in a sort of hidden centre-left. The centre might yet be the power in the land which Tony Blair always dreamed it might be. Here’s how. More »

Auto-liberal politics #3 Rethink “left” and “right”

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 17 July 2016. No comments.

In a nutshell: the artsy, right-on liberal ought to consider voting Tory. As an alternative he or she could have the role of transforming the Labour party (or the Conservative party), or helping to form a new centre-left grouping.  More »

Auto-liberal politics #2 Stop fearing White Van Man

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 17 July 2016. No comments.

In a  nutshell: nice liberals need to rethink their loathing of the rest of society.

The EU referendum, much more than any other campaign, showed us that substantial swathes of more rather than less educated opinion fear the Tories and the working class about equally. They do so to the point of thinking that there is a vicious, idiot-right, unwashed, illiterate, White Van Man virtual mob which the Tories must pander to. Can we please reframe this nonsense? More »

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