Hi all, posting here from the UK (London to be precise) after sporadically lurking for a while. Guess by US standards I’d be a Liberal, probably of the sort that a lot of people here would vehemently disagree with on almost everything but there y’go. By UK standards I’d probably be defined as Socialist/Left Wing. Really not here to argue though, discuss perhaps but proselytizing on the internet (be it for the Right or Left) is just plain stupid in my opinion, too much context and depth missed and too much point scoring. I am however interested in Right/Republican ideals and how y’all approach them. Partly out of political interest, partly out of sheer human interest. Always find it interesting to understand why people believe things which are so opposed to my own experiences and understanding of the world. Also an aspiring (or failing or actual) writer (depending on your definitions) so exploring ideas and why people embrace them is always interesting.
I’ve looked at some threads started by Liberals which have ended badly so I’m hoping I can avoid the pit-falls and keep my own explorations civil. If anyone takes offence at my opinions or how I state them then I’d at least ask them to accept that it’s not from any intent on my part. Trolling is a massive waste of time and there are a million better ways to do that on the internet (pictures of kittens, to name but one).
Anyway, I’mma answer some questions then.
- What state do you vote in?
None, I live in the UK. Generally abstain from our elections, our main parties pretty much representing fifty shades of the middle ground rather than having any actual beliefs or ideas to promote.
- Are you, or were you ever a member of the armed forces?
- Does your username have any meaning?
Absolutely none, made it up years and years ago and always liked the sound of it.
- What are 3 or more of your favorite books (not necessarily in order)?
Hunger by Knud Hamsun, Catch 22 because I only recently re-read it and whatever can be said about the slightly plodding writing it captures the absurdity of a lot of human behaviour beautifully. Draw the line at sycophantically worshipping it though, too many people citing it as some sort of literary badge of political or intellectual identity. And War & Peace by Tolstoy. But all of that’s liable to change within a month or two when I bury myself in a new line of reading.
- What is the most important topic for you in the next election?
In the UK? Immigration I suppose, not because I’m on the side which considers it to actually be a major issue here but because both media and mainstream parties seem to be planning to make it a focal point to avoid talking about the economy and the cuts. Kind of puts the onus on those who don’t go along with what I’d consider fear mongering to make the counter-arguments.
- How long have you been lurking around the forums before signing up?
Probably arrived a month or two ago, been dropping in occasionally since then to see whatsup, especially when there’s something in the news that I’m looking for a RW perspective on.
If anyone’s got any questions or anything feel free to ask, beyond that I’ll probably carry on lurking and (maybe) start a thread of my own sometime if I’m feeling up to it.