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Originally posted by Rockpuck
I am sorry... I don't think thats liberal at all... it is middle of the road for everything, which I don't mind, but it is not liberal.
Begining of a movement? I hope so, to change democrats, but it wont, nothing will come of it.
The Euston Manifesto has a number of flaws. Some of the principles, such as the vague and woolly-headed commitment to "equality," bear all the signs of negotiation and compromise. Others, such as the pro forma criticisms of the WTO, the IMF, etc., suggest that the authors have not yet made their peace with the market economy -- a key element of liberalism as it is traditionally understood.
Still, that the manifesto exists at all is a hopeful sign, not only for the left, but for anyone who believes that liberalism is the West's great political gift to the world. It is a sign of the ongoing crisis on the left that the manifesto was even necessary, and that it remains the subject of vicious debate.