Franco D’Alfonso - I’m the President of the Club Porto-Franco, a liberal and socialist Club based in Milan . Porto-Franco adopted di Euston Manifesto as basic principle for it own activity. Members o f the Club are pro active member of different parties in Italy , mainly situated on the left political whing . There are several members of the Club out of the life of a single party , anyway interested in politics. Other people of the Club they sign the Manifesto are : Dario Carella, Sergio Vicario, Andrea Parini , Attilio Schemmari, Pasquale Cioffi , Pier Giuseppe Merlo, Alfonso Barilaro,Gian Michele Meucci , Luigi Di Caprio , Alberto Grancini , Stefano Camozzini, Luigi Colucci. There are other subscriptions form members of the Club Porto-Franco on the road. To contact us : Club Porto-Franco via Victor Hugo 3 20123 Milano Italy . Provisional mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franco D’Alfonso 2 - I’m still the President of th Club Porto-Franco- Italy. I like to add as signatories Achille Cutrera,Renato Nazzani,Sivana Pasini, Bianca Locatelli, Daniela Ferrè
Luis D’Olhaberriague - I was born under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain. There was peace there. There was peace in Pinochet’s Chile and there is peace in Castro’s Cuba. Now the the Government in Spain in Spain is negotiating with ETA. Is it a coincidence that ETA is a marxist terrorist group? Another coincidence. ETA now says that they want what they call peace. Problem: I was in the Basque region a couple of months ago and I saw no tanks in the streets. I did not see though the non nationalist newspapers. As under Franco, Pinochet or Castro dictatorships there is peace there with no freedom. In the Basque part of Spain, as in many other parts of the world the issue is no left versus right but about whose who defend freedom (there may support thinks like abortion or reject stem cell research) and the fundamentalists of the peace at any price. This is why I support this manifesto (by the way, I am pro choice and work in stem cell research………..).
Carlo Felice Dalla Pasqua
Barry Daly - It is against a backdrop of the extreme hyperbole and hyper-cynicism of media reporting; the blind opposition by those who claim to be on the left against the real and evident success and benefits that progressive social democratic governments have brought to their citizens, and against those lefties who side with dictators and despots to justify or reinforce their petulant anti-Americanism, that I find myself reading this and once again feeling invigorated and inspired that rational, objective and hopeful politics is still out there. Thank you.
Nic Damaskin - The Euston Manifesto summarizes a most welcome approach in the current environment. It is amazing how many people fail or pretend not to see obvious truths like those presented here. And the less obvious ideas are also steps in a good direction.
Margaret Dandrea - How great is this. What so many ordinary people feel, finally put to paper. It’s time the voices of the silent majority were heard. well done
Evan Matthew Daniel
Steve Darden - I just finished reading the “The Euston Manifesto For a Renewal of Progressive Politics”, ending up with a huge smile on my face, and an overall good feeling - a forgotten feeling. The formerly honorable identity “progressive” has become Orwellian doublespeak - at least since 9/11 it has come to mean “against Western values”. I view the Euston group as an effort to restore to the left essential pro-Western values, including robust internationalism, ethics and honor. Despite my warm feelings about your launch I fear that a very long and contentious task lies ahead. I have come to avoid politics principally because it has seemed so hopeless. The vast majority of “issues” discussed by pols and the press are unimportant. The truly important issues are perhaps seen by the gatekeepers as too complex to justify column-inches or broadcast bandwidth. I’m a resolute optimist, so I choose to believe you will succeed - redefining the public debate to focus on what matters.
Chris Darrouzet - We need this development of a new, progressive re-alignment, consensus and vehicle for political expression and action on the necessity of preserving and protecting the human achievements of freedom from authoritarianism of any kind. The Euston Manifesto is a great rallying point.
Adam Davidson - The Manifesto provides sound intellectual traction to the complex political matrices of the contemporary (early 21st century) world. It hits the bull from all sides.
Alan Davidson - At first I was hesitant about yet another left manifesto, until I read the Euston Manifesto and realised that its tenets matched mine. At long last, I was reading about internationalism in my own voice: honest, open and not ashamed to rest on the universal ideals of common good. I recognise that there can still be differences amongst those of the left and the EM doesn’t provide chapter and verse for all, but we will still achieve more together than apart. And finally, I believe we should be actively seeking the realisation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all, and not just an elite.
C J Davies
Matthew Davies - This document states in an extremely clear and concise manner roughly what I have believed for a long time. It therefore came as quite a surprise to reead that my views implied I leaned to the left.
Andrew Davis - I can’t tell you what a wave of relief it is for me to read and sign this manifesto. I am a Liberal, I am a Progressive, I am an American citizen.
Clive Davis - The time has come to create a “new” New Left.
Robert Davis - I have signed because I believe in freedom of action and of mind. I am against totalitarianism in all of its flavors: secular and theocratic, fascist or communist. The values of the Enlightenment are the greatest achievement of mankind.
Vath Davis - I read about you in the Sunday Times and it finally sounded like the voice of common sense. I’m sick of people calling Britain all the time so I want to put my name to something thta gives a much more balanced view. Thank you
Terry Dawes - I signed your manifesto because it precisely describes the ethos of modern leftism, which I had signed up for in my youth. The fact that I’m now ambiguous in my relation to the left is owing to a shift on the part of leftism. I want to reclaim that ideological territory, and you have my solidarity in your efforts to do the same. And it’s worth declaring solidarity as well with secularists and modern internationalists in every part of the world.
Catherine Dawson - Let’s be pro rather than anti, positive, rational and pragmatic. And in the best tradition, let’s appreciate that our voices are stronger together in chorus than individually.
Emma Dawson - The Euston Manifesto offers a progressive, inclusive and sustainable vision for the future of humanity.
Gianluca De Fazio
Harry De Gorter
Eva De las Heras
Martin De Mello Sorensen
Sergio De Muro - I did it ‘cause I strongly believe in it. I do think that the future, the right future, is on that way
Frank De Rego, Jr. - It is time to bring back sanity and real dialogue to political argumentation and discussion. There is a need for a new pragmatic basis for the discussion of human economic, social, and cultural development. This manifesto provides the initial seeds for such a project.
Stephen De Wijze
Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi - I signed because I am both American and Israeli and feel equally let down by the so-called Left, Peace Camp, liberals in both countries. America and Israel represent not only separate agendas and challenges but a united front on issues relating to war and peace, and the current war in Iraq, the recent war in Lebanon and the very likely war on Iran are manifestations of an unconscionable cynicism and arrogance vis-a-vis the majority of peace-loving, struggling peoples in the Middle East, and only provide fuel for those terrorists who really do want to see the West disappear… I am also signing because I am a Jew who came of age believing that Judaism was consistent with the most liberal, democratic values, and I desperately want to reclaim that ‘patrimony.’
Luciano G. Del Negro
CAMILO DEL RIEGO
Emanuele Deligia - I’m an italian student and a Liberal in the english acceptation of the term. I share the Manifesto’s argumentations, and I wish they would be adopted by the italian center-left coalition. I belive in the Manifesto’s founding principles, and I wish they would be universal.
Richard Dell - I believe these to be crucial times for freedom and justice, as there are powerful forces that wish to turn the clock back a milennium. Islam in Europe is 1300 years of unfinished business - it has to be resolved, and that will be a monumental struggle. It will get much worse before it gets better. There are other organisations adressing this issue, such as the Freedom Association, the National Secular Society and the Social Affairs Unit - all on different parts of the conventional political spectrum. I hope you will keep links with these, as a strong and united stand against Totalitatianism may soon be required.
Daniele Della Seta
David DeMille - A clear and long-overdue corrective to what it means to be an honest left-liberal in the 21st century.
Ethan Deneault - I cannot remember a time in my life when I have not subscribed to a progressive political system. However, after September 11th, 2001, I saw many of my fellow travelers abandon not only the principles of liberal democracy, but also of reason. Because of the insane hatred of one man - George W. Bush - heinous dictators are excused, and common cause is found with nihilistic maniacs. What happened? Did we not stand for freedom from tyrrany, fanaticism and ignorance any more? When I saw that the progressive left had joined in bed with communists, anarchists, jihadis, racists, secessionists and brutal dictators, I was done with the left. It seemed that the ideals of progressivism had died under the weight of racist multiculturalism, lack of moral clarity and irascible -hatred-. When I read the Manifesto, I realized that I was wrong. There is life left for reason, logic and humanity. Thank you.
Cláudio DeNipoti - I have signed for most of the same reasons stated by all other signers, plus the need to keep the ideals of Political Enligthenment alive, instead of taking for granted every setback on freedom and democracy seen recently in world politics.
Stojan Denkic - The Manifesto stands for everything I stand for too. Because I live in a country (Serbia) were liberal ideas are not welcomed and were every person who advocates such ideas is targeted by nationalistic and fasist groups, reading the Manifesto made me feal less alone.
Neil Denny - I am proud to describe myself as a Humanist, a Rationalist and an Internationalist. I believe in universal human rights. It astonishes me therefore to have to qualify that I am also a member of the Left. When did a large section of the Left decide to abandon some or all of these principles? From the alliance of convenience between Trotskyism and theocratic fascism at the head of the Anti-War movement, through the Governments attacks on freedom of speech, habeas corpus, and civil liberties under the guise of the War on Terror, to the Blair’s pious invocations of God and ludicrous rebirthing ceremonies. When a Socialist Mayor of London can welcome and embrace a man who advocates the murder of homosexuals and “unchaste” women, when brave Iraqi trade unionists are called “Quislings” by there erstwhile comrades, and when the Government is untroubled by the teaching of Creationism in Science lessons at some of its many new faith schools. When to declare a support for Enlightenment values is to seemingly out oneself as an Islamophobe and a racist, then us members of the Left are definitely living in “interesting times”. I believe many people on the Left, be they a supporter of the Respect Coalition on the street, or a member of the Cabinet, have lost their way, and need to re-examine their fundamental values. The values espoused by the Euston Manifesto are a good place to start. This is why I am proud to be a signatory.
Larry Derfner - Because I agree with just about all of the manifesto, and I definitely feel at home with it. Living in Israel and writing (from a Zionist left point of view) for the generally conservative Jerusalem Post, I’m not too bothered by the so-called loony left because, unlike a lot of UK and European liberals, I don’t see or hear much of them. For me, an Israeli-American liberal, the manifesto is more an answer to the smugness and recklessness of the Israeli and American right on the one hand, and the timidity, especially on economic issues, of the Israeli center-left and U.S. Democratic Party. It fits very well with the thinking of Israel’s Meretz party.
Rose DeShaw - For some years now I have been attempting to unite the Left in our small prison town in Canada on the U.S. border. To this end I wrote a regular column, in our leftist paper, The Voice, ‘What Are They Up To?’ profiling every lefist group I could find, hoping that seeing similar purpose would cause groups rather than continue to maintain small protected fiefdoms and glory in being misunderstood, to begin to support one another and merge but this was not to be. Even our peace marches ended in scathing denunciations, violence and tears. After major surgery I had a still vivid dream that the Left had finally united but with only one common purpose - to come after me. So this statement is like a choir singing longed for lyrics. Finally, here it is, Left. This is what I believe. Rose DeShaw
Ezio Di Nucci - I am cronically dissatisfied with the left, but I can never abandon the left. I feel like this manifesto represents part of that sentiment.
Roy Diehl - The issues with which the world’s people must contend are far too complex and interrelated for reduction to a competition between isolated, self-absorbed groups of any ideology. It is incumbent on all to independently investigate the truth, including its messy details, consequences and inferences, and to apply judgment fairly and consistently to all. Because this Manifesto recognizes this reality, encourages fairness in both praise and criticism, and seeks a more united and cohesive world community, I express my support for it and its proponents.
Alcebiades Diniz - The proposals of a new and more democratic left field are, in my opinion, the last chance and the weapon of choice of the democratic world.
Leonard Dinnerstein - I support what the manifesto says.
Andrew Ian Dodge - I like the intent, inspiration and general feeling of this manisfesto.
Lucy Doig - Because I cannot align myself with a ‘left’ that considers its own political interests more important than basic human rights.
Scott Dolan - I signed this document because I believe that Liberalism is the only ideology that can win the war against Islamic fundamentalism. In the recent past, Liberalism has defeated Feudalism, Monarchy, Fascism and Communism. The only hope for our increasingly shrinking planet rests in the attempt to spread freedom and democracy around the world. This task is too important to be left to one side of the political spectrum. It is past the time for Liberals to stand up and provide a real counterbalance to the policies of the right in fighting the war on terror. The only way to stop the spread of fundamentalism is by building a broad based coalition of individuals that both recognize the severity of the threat and agree that spreading the ideas of The Enlightenment around the world is our only hope.
Nerea Dolara Hernández
Allan Donaldson - I signed in the hope that I may join a forum that does not find itself following the principle of exclusion before all else. By progressive politics I take it that nothing is cast in stone and that ideas evolve just as politics does. I’ve had it with standard bearers who wave answers before questions are asked and bend the concept of democracy to fit in with those answers. I would hate to see a repetition of the failures of 19th century socialism for instance just because ‘congress’ couldn’t/wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jo Donaldson - Hurrah that there are intelligent people out there willing and working to make their voices heard.
Joshua Dooms - While I don’t consider myself a liberal or conservative, this manifesto eloquently expresses ideas I’ve been uttering to my friends for the last year or so. If there’s anything I can do to help promote these ideas, besides forwarding this link to everyone I know, let me know.
Ulrik Dornonville de la Cour
Frederick Dos Santos - For too long the Left have been content to oppose dictatorship only when those dictators were supported by West, as a means of berating their own leaders. This often meant turning a blind eye to the abominable human rights abuses of regimes in the USSR, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Cuba, and Vietnam, simply because they fell under the “Socialist” or “Anti-Capitalist” banner. Genuine Leftists recognise that removing Saddam Hussein was righting the wrongs of the 80s where the West tolerated his disgusting regime. Democracy needs our support in these dangerous times.
Andrew Dougal - I endorse the manifesto and agree with everything that is in it. I have become increasingly uneasy about the glib attitudes on the left over the Iraq war and many other global issues. I object to the reduction of every issue to cheap sloganeering and the refusal to address problems which are complex and intractible in favour of scapegoating - most often of America and Israel, as if these two countries are uniquely wicked, Above all I am worried by the growing tendency to simply abandon opppressed groups at home and abroad to their fate whenever their needs challenge the prevailing left orthodoxy.
Ian Douglas - I am deeply worried by the growing and increasingly invasive role being played in our society by religious organisations. The retreat from rationalism that they seek threatens us and all our children. It feels like it is time to stand up and be counted.
Russell Dovey - As a leftist, for many years I have attempted to resolve the contradictions between what I see as fundamental, unassailable values, and the flawed, muddy, venal approach that parties I would expect to hold those values take in everyday politics. Finally, someone has made clear what I’ve been trying to tell everyone my entire life. I can only support you wholeheartedly.
Fr Mark Dowling
Timothy Drake - When I examine the modern political left, I can’t help but think of Yeats’ lines from the “Second Coming”: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” I believe that those of us who consider ourselves traditional humanists dropped the ball a long time ago, and it is past time that we reassert ourselves. We are in danger of becoming an irrelevancy both in politics and in academia. But humanistic values will prevail as long as the humanists ensure that they are heard. The hypocrisy and the crudity of thought that is now so commonplace in leftist circles cannot go unchallenged. I applaud the efforts of the authors of this important document.
Raymond Drouin - I do not belong to any particular groups or political party. I truly believe in the socio-political principals as I have just review in the Ottawa Citizen of 22 August 2006. Should the UN adopt this manifesto it could be saved from self-destruction. I would glady support any political party in Canada that would endorse such a line. How do we get this going ?
Joseph Dubonnet - I was against the war in Iraq but never felt comfortable with promoting or making excuses for anti-democratic regimes. For the first time I can sign on something that I feel truly represent my way of thinking.
Terry Duffelen - The manifesto is as close to my values as I’ve read in some time. It serves as a timely re-affirmation of my beliefs. I had all but given up on meaningfull association with any group from the left but now I am not so sure.
Curtis Duggan - The document articulates my long-held political beliefs in a way I had not been able to so clearly. This is a great document.
Steve Dunachie - I have recently read Nick Cohen’s book ‘What’s Left’ and found that I was not alone in my view of the threat posed to democratic values by Jihadism.I had despaired of finding any ‘group’ that represented my views. I have been reviled by friends as a ‘Tory’ or ‘racist’ because I loathe Islamic fascism; most cannot see beyond the idea that America is the fount of all evil in the world, and we in Britain are, of course, complicit. I have read a great deal about Al-Qaeda and other jihadist movements since 9/11 and am apalled that the ‘Islington Left’ appear to know nothing about their aims or intentions, assuming that because they hate America and the West, they must be OK. Reading the Euston Manifesto was like finding a statement of my own muddled ideas put into straightforward elegant prose. Many thanks.
Bob Duncan - At last a statement that reflects most of my thoughts/feelings. Nothing is a perfect fit but this goes a long way. Lets hope that ears, eyes and minds can be opened and people start to think again.
Daniel Duquenal - I live in Venezuela and through my blog I report on the progressive take over of the country by Chavez and his authoritarian movement. I resent that Chavez, in order to justify his take over, uses leftist/liberal/social-democrat ideas that I subscribe to. The rather skilful campaign of Chavez supporters has managed to make people like me appear on occasion as right wing nuts just because we are not willing to accept Chavez’ abuses in the name of a pseudo social justice that he wants to impose on us. The Euston Manifesto is the type of document that is needed to establish that one cannot pick and chose at political convenience to justify one’s rule “in the name of the people” as Chavez or Mugabe do, to name the two crassest examples.
Jack DuVall - The advent of a global civil society – reflecting the values of equality, justice under the law, and political liberty – will not be secure unless human and civil rights can be freely sought by all people, without repression or subordination. The Euston Manifesto effectively embraces that goal and its corollary: government based on the consent of the people – which is why I am pleased to sign it.
Jonathan Dworkin - The Left I believe in is the Left of Orwell, not that of the fellow travellers. It is a simple act of solidarity, not a moral revelation, to dedicate my thoughts and physical energy to those struggling to enjoy the freedom and opportunity that I have always considered my birthright.
David Dzwonkoski - Recently I waded into a leftist online discussion group. I was appalled at the smug arrogance and self-righteousness and amazed at being branded a right-winger, simply because I questioned a few facts. What we need are open-minded people who seek the truth, pragmatists who seek solutions, and caring people who can think. I am in just about complete agreement with the manifesto.