How can liberal-left bloggers affect national politics?


3:45 pm - June 13th 2008

by Sunny Hundal    


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If we want to see a more equal, socially just, environmentally friendly and free society then we can’t just hope for it – we have to fight for it. And we have to do that by having a vision and spreading it. We have to take that vision out to society.

You are the part of a new generation of citizens who can spread those ideas. You are part of the media. You and hundreds, even thousands of bloggers, can collectively impact national politics.

But how? And to do what? Can anything actually be achieved through blogging?

Come and find out…

Speaking
Georgina Henry – executive editor, Guardian Comment (online and newspaper)
Dan Hardie – Spearheaded the ‘Asylum for Iraqi Interpreters’ campaign
Mark Hanson – Labour Home
Tim Ireland – bloggerheads.com: has run a various campaigns on free speech
Jess McCabe – Editor of The F Word

There will also be a panel discussion on women and political blogging. More info will be posted on that once all the panel has been confirmed.


Who is this aimed at?
For bloggers who politically identify themselves as on the left, liberal-left, or just liberal with left-wing leanings. It is not party specific: the event will feature Labour, Libdem, Green and non-party bloggers, writers, activists and interested parties.

What is it for?
To discuss issues relating to political blogging on the left, learn about online activism already taking place, socialise and meet others you’ve been reading on the web. It is about bringing together the liberal-left blogging community.

Do I have to pay?
No, it’s free to attend.

How do I attend?
The event is invite only. But it is only for bloggers, writers and others who self-identify as being politically on the liberal left.

Email: blognation2008@liberalconspiracy.org with your name and blog address. There are only limited spaces available.

More information here – http://www.liberalconspiracy.org/blog-nation/

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About the author
Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Reader comments


“environmentally friendly and free society”.

Those two bits are easy. Stop being left liberals and start being classical liberals. Works for social justice and equality as well, as long as you’re not defining that as equality of outcome.

There, that was simple, wasn’t it?

:rolleyes:

“There, that was simple, wasn’t it?”

Ehhhh…..no.

Thanks for that simple piece of advice Tim. Will keep that in mind.

“There, that was simple, wasn’t it?”

I do hope not, simple solutions are usually wrong. Evolutionary solutions are often right. Creationism, of course, is a simple solution.

Evolutionary solutions and freedom to experiment are a classical liberal’s stock in trade. It is the enforced political solutions of socialists that bare more resemblance to creationism:)

enforced political solutions of socialists

Yeah, the minimum wage is like soooooo anti-darwin.

I think it would be relatively easy to argue the minimum wage is anti-Darwinian. If the minimum wage were abolished tomorrow, some new jobs would pay less than the existing rate. That rate would be what the labour/skills of that individual is worth to that employer in the context of the current economic environment. So, artificially increasing the wages of some people confers an un-natural advantage in the Labour market and thus in society as a whole. I should just say though, I am PRO minimum wage!

So, artificially increasing the wages of some people confers an un-natural advantage in the Labour market and thus in society as a whole.

In an economic world where we have perfect competition, yes. But we don’t, that’s the problem.

And before anyone says all we’re doing is exacerbating the problem, I’d just point out that the system is ruptured deep in the heart of modern capitalism, not simply where the poor are trying to make an extra buck an hour. The sub-prime distaster is simply the latest example.

In an economic world where we have perfect competition, yes. But we don’t, that’s the problem

I don’t think you need perfect competition for this to be a reality.

If, for example, John Smith gets the minimum wage rather than the £2.50 his labour is really worth – washing dishes in a restaurant – the Government has conferred an economic advantage on him at the expense of someone else. John as an economic actor can now make decisions that he wouldn’t have been able to had he been receiving only £2.50 (his real economic worth.)

Of course this is at the expense of John’s boss who has disproportionate costs compared to the value added to his business. That’s what I mean by anti-Darwinian.

Having said all that I quite agree that this whole system is, and has been for some considerable time quite rotten and it’s not helped by the ludicrously wasteful tax credits system we have (another dazzling NuLab project brought to you by El Gordo)

11. douglas clark

Sunny,

You are not going to:

see a more equal, socially just, environmentally friendly and free society then we can’t just hope for it – we have to fight for it. And we have to do that by having a vision and spreading it. We have to take that vision out to society.

achieve that by avoiding your own campaign against 42 days.

Which, it seems to me, is what you are doing.

This is stuff we all agree on. Could you please address the point you are avoiding, or explain why you are avoiding it? Why, exactly, are you standing on the sidelines when David Davies is fighting for a cause you express – and I agree with – in the top right corner of this blog?

This is flim flam, frankly.

You have no idea how annoyed I am that you see this as more important issue to comment on than the 42 day issue. Comment 9, btw.

There is very little time left for a Liberal Conspiracy to decide where it want’s to go on the DD issue. You talking about theoretical capitalism is not where you should be at right now.

I think.

Yes, I know, I am annoying piece of shit.

Well this thread has taken an odd turn….

Yes, comments which break the policy above have been deleted.

Dan:
the Government has conferred an economic advantage on him at the expense of someone else. John as an economic actor can now make decisions that he wouldn’t have been able to had he been receiving only £2.50 (his real economic worth.)

For a start, you’re assuming labour markets are flexible enough to assume his real worth is only £2.50. Wages may be artifically depressed. Secondly, you’re assuming by giving the person that position, someone else is missing out.

Douglas – I’m waiting to see what happens. Davis hasn’t officially resigned yet. The Labour party haven’t yet announced whether they’ll put up a candidate. And no one knows whether MacKenzie will run. Let’s wait and see what happens.

So Douglas has a paddy, accuses me of being a liar and a fanboy and I have no right of reply. Great.


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