Thursday, 11 September 2008

Why do we approve this message?

A message from both of us.

What's the point?

To write about things that interest and excite us, especially politics from around the world.

We have a feeling we might return to some important themes; ones which all progressive rationalists should embrace:

Human rights, secularism, rationalism, internationalism, democracy, social justice, free speech, free inquiry, truth and thought. And the odd knob gag, natch.

Not everything written on this blog will be germane or news-driven. We started writing for this organ in September 2008 and so we missed out on quite a lot of interesting stuff which has gone before. We've got some ground to cover. The earth is 4.5 billion years old. Why confine ourselves soley to the now? If we want to talk about Mr Berlusconi's corrupt government in Italy we will, whether he's in the news or not. If we want to defend Danish cartoonists against a bizarre and too common alliance of religious fascists and western liberals we will (and we will), despite that it's out of the news. And the beginnings of the universe might excite at least one of us.

Plus, there's an interesting election going on somewhere or other, we've heard.

We might find that no one is interested in our ramblings but we intend to plough on regardless, if for no other reason that to encourage ourselves to read, learn, understand and think. Plus there is something quite existential about writing a blog that no one reads.

The opinions here may be ill-informed, ill-thought-out and idiotic. If so they are our own and do not reflect on which ever organisaion or individual in whose employ we happen to be. They probably do not approve our message.

1 comment:

Lucy said...

Hi RJT and Tom - as another progressive rationalist, I'm happy to provide your first comment!

"If we want to defend Danish cartoonists against a bizarre and too common alliance of religious fascists and western liberals we will (and we will), despite that it's out of the news."

Damn right - not nearly enough's written about the tendency of certain sections of the left to ally themselves with right-wing fundies. Butterflies & Wheels (www.butterfliesandwheels.com) is one site that does highlight the issue - it's well worth reading.

PS - you might want to change your settings so that people without a google/Blogger account can post. I had to set one up to leave a comment!