Those of you who've been here a while will know me as a 'raving socialist' or a 'bleeding heart liberal'. But really, I find liberals fucking annoying at times. Here's why - if you're daunted by how long it is then don't bother, but don't reply either:
1. They harp on and on about civil liberties. In general, I agree with them - it's ridiculous that we can no longer protest in front of parliament... but they then make their videos of them being arrested for doing nothing but a peaceful protest. Yes, I feel sorry for them. But the way they act, all put upon and everything, they just look so weak. Peaceful protest doesn't do shit, a few hundred of them moaning about Iraq are quite right to do so but it won't get them anywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people protested against the Iraq war and it still went ahead. No one's going to do anything about the draconian laws, we've seen the footage of a lifelong Labour party member get abused for heckling Tony Blair, and no one's done shit about it. No one cares enough. The same with ID cards and CCTV. To be honest, I think they're a waste of money. I don't think they'll reduce terrorism in any way. But if they were implemented, I wouldn't really care too much. Yeah we can go on about how many hospital beds we could have bought and stuff like that, but at the end of the day there's millions of us, I can't imagine anyone in the government is such of a nerd as to look into my life to see exactly what I've been doing. And what if they do? I've broken a few laws, mainly to do with drugs, but none serious enough to warrant the attention of anyone more important than an ordinary cop. I couldn't care less if my details were recorded by the government; no one's going to do anything with them.
2. They're obsessed with principles. Free Speech. Human Rights. Democracy. Etc. They're under the impression that these are the be all and end all. Now, I'm a fan of democracy in that it's the fairest system of government, other than anarchy which I don't think would work without a coercive state, which wouldn't be anarchic... anyway, democracy has huge flaws. The Labour Government here was elected by just 1 in 5 Britons. The media gives coverage to only 2 and a half parties and so they're the only ones who really win any votes. I could go on. People denounce the likes of Chavez and Castro as crackpot dictators on the principle that they don't fit the mould of Western Liberal Democracy. They never seem to consider that they may actually run their countries quite well. I've been to Oman, where they have a Sultan who's been in charge since he took power off his father in the 70s. Sound like a typical tyrant? I've never met a people more happy with their government. He's brought prosperity to the country, relaxed Islamic laws and so on. Democracy isn't always the best system. The same applies for multiculturalism. Call me pessimistic, but I can only see people of different ethnic/ religious backgrounds getting on with each other in developed Western countries. This is because these countries have sufficient education systems for people to realise that all humans are the same, and even in the UK/ USA/ France relations can become tense. I went to a nursery which was 50% black, my first friend in primary school was mixed race and my school now is 50% non-white. The result: I don't have a problem with foreigners. My dad still talks to foreigners in a funny accent. Look at Africa, Middle East... anywhere... different people don't get on. Also, in the West we've become so obsessed with integrating minorities, a fantastic thing, but it pushes racism under the surface. If you listen to hiphop, you're called a wigger. If you wear tracksuits, you're called either the snobbish term 'chav' or 'gangsta'. The number if people I want to punch because they hear a rapper and go 'it's not music' is incredible. These are people who would never be considered intolerant, yet they are, it's just less obvious. And this is your standard 'non-racist' British person. Take this into feminism and people think it's fine because after all, we're all born equal. No. A woman must work and then, in most families, go home and do housework which she isn't even paid for. Our capitalist outlook is based on a form of Social Darwinism. The best reach the top.... but the best are judged by male traits such as aggression and will, and we know from scientific studies that from an early age boys and girls are very different psychologically. According to a liberal, as long as women aren't restricted in their life then it's fine. Bollocks. They're restricted culturally, in the private sphere, which has nothing to do with what laws are set.
3. People talk now of the economy. If Britain's economy (or indeed anyone else's) is doing well, then everything's good, the government must be doing a great job. We measure everything by the economy. But it doesn't mean that much. Our economy's been great for the last 10 years; how's our standard of living been? It's all good these massive companies making £££s. Too bad it goes towards some shareholder's Mercedes and private school fees. The happiest countries in the world - which are the Nordic/ North European countries - have small economies compared to the major powers. But they manage to work a system where there is not nearly such a gap between rich and poor - which the free market accentuates - and everyone is happier for it. The 'trickle down effect' is more of a slow drip than a trickle.