Thanks for popping in. So what is this all about then?

Well, weblogs are an excellent way of pointing people in the direction of interesting items on the web and that is all this site aims to do. Mostly the links will be to articles dealing with contemporary politics but the whole point is that a weblog can be as eclectic as you want it to be. The US has a thriving weblog scene, Europe, where I happen to live at the moment, has a more modest collection but I reckon that will change in time.

A lot of people like their politics in neat packages and there will be some of you who I am sure would like to know what my poltical outlook is? Well as a student I trained in Marxism and I am glad I did. I still happen to think that a materialist view of the world offers the best way of trying to grapple with the word is certainly preferable to any of the alternatives – especially religion. So this a left weblog.

But I have a lot of problems with what remains of the old socialist left – it has become a largely conservative force and many elements of it have now become essentially reactionary, lacking in any sense of progressive morality, any vision of a better world. On the other hand the Blairites have rejected even the most basic of social democratic principles.

Finding a new course for progressive democratic socialist politics is not easy and like many others I am involved in the search for ideas and like anyone who is serious about political thinking, my outlook is still under construction….

Comments or suggestions?