August 01, 2004

Thought at the Meridian

Here's a new blog I discovered today: Thought at the Meridian. It's written by a guy named Frederick who describes his blog this way:

Politics and culture from a centre-left perspective. Libertarian. Egalitarian. Antitotalitarian.
There's something there for everyone. Welcome to the blogosphere, Fred.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 1, 2004 09:28 PM
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wow, thanks michael. i've been looking for a view from that angle for a long time in the blogosphere.

Posted by: frendlydude2k at August 1, 2004 10:05 PM

another fence sitter.

Posted by: David at August 2, 2004 12:11 AM

David, I think he's British, which would mean he's probably Labor and not a fence-sitter. Could be wrong, though...

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at August 2, 2004 12:14 AM

Thanks for pointing out this new blog.I read several of his posts and could not agree more with the sentiments expressed.They echo many of the thoughts you have previously expressed.But it appears to me that he has gone a step further down the road and fully accepts that what passes for 'liberal-left'today,is really reactionary,non-progressive and bankrupt and cannot be reformed but must be rebuilt on a NEW foundation.
The way I read his outlook,would he not consider the current Democratic Party in the USA as an obstacle rather than an agent of the changes he deems necessary to have a vibrant true party of the left(namely,Democratic,Liberal,Anti-Totalitarian)?

I don't see how you could read the following in any other way:-----
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: there is an urgent need for a democratic, liberal and antitotalitarian Left. We need to carry on the tradition of antitotalitarian ideals that ONCE WERE common to many democratically-minded people on the Left"

Posted by: dougf at August 2, 2004 04:59 AM

Wow, a sane lefty. Thanks for the pointer, Michael.

Posted by: Stuart at August 2, 2004 06:36 AM

That's what a loyal opposition should be -- sane. I'm a Republican GWB supporter, but I wish the Dems. hadn't gone off the rails. A democracy needs an opposition, but one that isn't like Michael Moore.

Posted by: Ben at August 2, 2004 09:02 AM

I really don't know why so many of you are all "wow, finally, someone with that viewpoint". Seems to me we're at a blog right now with that viewpoint. Michael's dream American President is frickin' Tony Blair, for God's sake!

So, this guy Fred doesn't dissassociate himself from the "center-left" and Michael does. So what? They're still coming from the same place, just calling it two different things. Alot of folks do this. Michael and I probably match up about 99% of the time in terms of political ideology. If you asked me whether or not I consider myself a liberal, I'd think of John Kennedy and Harry Truman and Scoop Jackson and say "yes, absolutely". But, if you asked Michael, he'd probably think of what passes for liberalism these days and say "no". Labels are funny like that. In the end, the three of us (from what I can tell about Fred) are all about 2/3 Cold-War-Liberal and 1/3 Neoliberal-New-Democrat. Call that whatever you want.

Posted by: Grant McEntire at August 2, 2004 03:22 PM

Pretty much, Grant, yeah.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at August 2, 2004 06:54 PM

I was glad to see that my blog has created some reaction. At least it lets me know that there's people reading my stuff.

As for my personal info: No, Michael I'm not British. And yet I am. More specifically I'm of Anglo-Swedish origin (Dad's English and Mum's Swedish).

As for fence-sitter... What can I say, I try to do my bit. I'm no direct-action-revolutionary, but I try to get actively involved in politics when I feel an urge to DO SOMETHING. However, since I am an independent (i. e. I don't belong to any party) I don't follow any party lines either.

And, come on. What about blogging? It's not as passive as the myth goes. Fence-sitting? Well, if people reading my posts, agreeing and disagreeing with me, creating discussions worldwide over the Blogosphere is fence-sitting, then fine. I just think I'll do some more fence-sitting, then.

Posted by: Frederick at August 3, 2004 03:28 AM

Oh, I forgot to say thanks for welcoming me, Michael. I've enjoyed your blog for quite some time. Makes an interesting read and complements the media in a good way.

Posted by: Frederick at August 3, 2004 03:31 AM

Interesting blog, and one I plan to visit again. It's nice to know there's still someone out there who believes in the kind of left all my hippie college buddies wish for.

Posted by: Nathan at August 3, 2004 07:06 AM
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