Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sign the Euston Manifesto

Today, 13th April 2006, we (bloggers, academics, campaigners, writers, scientists, journalists, citizens) launch the Euston Manifesto.

With this document we hope to publicly reassert our progressive, democratic, egalitarian, internationalist principles in the face of recent attacks upon them from the Right and, to our dismay, the Left. Many of us are of the Left, but we come from across the range of political positions. We are not founding a political party.

We are not a "pro-war" grouping - many of us were, for example, opposed to Western military intervention in Iraq. Our declaration is not definitive, final, or perfect; it is, we hope, the beginning of a renewed debate, grounded in a common set of progressive values.

You can read and sign the document at our Website where donations towards our costs are also welcome.

Comments are closed on this announcement alone because that is all this post is: an announcement. We simply want to launch this movement in a co-ordinated way and make sure there is time for people to understand exactly what we stand for before criticizing it.

We welcome discussion of the Euston Manifesto across blogs, in the media, and in the public world and intend that the Euston Manifesto Group, the organisation founded upon the manifesto's principles, will promote such debate by organising meetings, sponsoring seminars, and publishing ideas.


Norman Geras and Nick Cohen have written a short history of the Euston Manifesto in the current New Statesman here.

Update: I bet you've seen my snazzy Euston Manifesto blog-button (on the blogroll) and you're wondering how you can one of your very own? Hmm?

Well, there's a selection (two of them actually) here. Along with a particularly alluring Paypal button that makes supporting the Euston Manifesto even easier than you thought possible!