George Eaton - The manifesto is the only broad source that both damns the moral double standards and cultural relativism of the far left and reaffirms the value of the true principles of the progressive left; universal human rights, solidarity, internationalism and democracy. Its proud defence of free speech is crucial at a time when too many seek to use the spurious measure of ‘offence’ as a marker to limit free speech and debate. The struggle between those who uphold universal human rights for all and those who conveniently pick and choose according to political interest is coming to define our age. Democracy and human rights are either universal principles or they are nothing. We must uphold this standard against those who refuse to support on an international level the rights the left fought for historically. Cultural relativism fails to understand the differences within not just between cultures. A hundred years ago those who fought for womens rights or gay rights were treated as second class citizens by a western culture that now upholds these. We must now show the same solidarity to those who seek to achieve this progress for their own societies.
Stuart Eaves - I believe that the objectives of the Liberal tendancy have been hijacked by single issue pressure groups. Progression, equality of opertunity and protection by the state from adversity are as in danger from the left as from the right and must be protected as an aim from both.
Jenny Eckersley - I first heard of the Euston manifesto this morning in an article by Christopher Hitchens in The Sunday Times. I have always considered myself to be on left of British politics, but I have had great problems with my like-minded friends who cannot understnad why I support the attacks on Saddam Hussein and “his” Iran. How can anyone argue that we should ignore a murderous tryant who kills and tortures people in his own country, without trying to remove him, completely defeats me. It was good to read that other people feel the same
Arthur Eckstein - I think this is a wonderful statement of principles, really inspiring.
Adrian Edmonds - I agree whole heartedly with the manifesto and have become disappointed with conventional parties who supposedly would be part of this movement.
J Edward - I read the editorial by Andrew Porter in the July 31, 2006 edition of the Canadian Publication, “Maclean’s”. While I consider myself a small “c” conservative, I support the concepts of equality, democracy, social justice and equal opportunity for all. I wish your organization and it’s supporters the best of luck.
Philip Edwards - I signed because this manifesto has restored my faith in “the left”. Either you care about the down-trodden and persecuted in the world, or you look the other way. Many of us looked the other way for far too long. I wonder how future generations will come to judge us.
Jesper Eklow - The sanity of the left owes a lot to people like Christopher Hitchens, Norman Geras, Nick Cohen, David Aaronovitch, Paul Berman, Mitchell Cohen and the bloggers at Harry’s Place. I have been embarrassed of most of the European and American left ever since how it reacted to the carnage in the former Yugoslavia. The same people who shrugged their shoulders as Muslims on European soil were slaughtered are now the ones who vacuously scream ‘racism’ to the people who side with progressive muslims fighting for human rights in the middle east. And the only reason this is happening is because the left has given up thinking for itself, it only functions as a reaction to the policies of the USA and the UK, and absolutely nothing else, no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what the actual policies are. It’s a complete disgrace, and it’s akin to living in a mental North Korea where everything is predetermined and where no inquiry or dissent is allowed. Therefore I’m more than honored to sign my name to the Euston Manifesto and its movement as it provides a viable moral and principled left alternative I have long been looking to belong to.
Dan Elliott - Existing political and religous systems have become polarized and simple respect has been lost. It’s time for a new start in the hope that it leads to a world where everyone has the opportunity to contribute their best for the enrichment of all human kind, not just a few. Wisdom comes from studying and learning not reacting. We must stop wasting our energies and resources on the unimportant greedy side of our nature, but instead focus on the future survival of our children. The Earth is just a way point on our journey and one day it too will be consumed. We can ‘guess’ but we are not smart enough to know when that will happen. So change has to occur now.
Andrew Ellis - I signed because I consider myself as someone who is left-leaning in politics but who is sick and tired of the entrenched positions of many on this side of the political spectrum who are constantly anti-American, anti-Israeli, and frankly anti-liberal on so many issues. This way of thinking seriously detracts from the major issues facing this nation and the world. The left needs people who can describe what they are for, rather than those who constantly describe what they are against without proposing any rational solutions. The Euston Manifesto Group have set out a marvellously clear set of principles for the rational left and it was a joy to read the manifesto.
Donald Ellis - The manifesto taps into my liberalism perfectly. It is a muscular liberalism from the traditions of the humanities but one that is capable of making clear decisions about moral acceptability.
Daniel Elton - Because I’m for things, not against them. Because comments about America’s Cold War conduct are irrelevant to questions of what America should be doing now. Because the only hope for order in the world is international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the UN, however badly they need reform - I’m a Chartist, not a Trotskyite. Because I know that Free Trade was once a rallying cry of the poor and that protectionism leads to fascism. Because I won’t march with anti-Semites, Stalinists or Theocrats. Beacuse I can be impressed with some of Hugo Chavez’s domestic policies, but not impressed with his role in the media. It’s called nuance. Because I’m fed up with hearing about Israel’s wrongs day after day while the world turns a blind eye to Morocco and Western Sahara and attempts to deal with Darfur are slammed as ‘imperialist’. Because my Socialism is not just ranting about the nation of Thomas Jefferson, Eugene V Debs and Martin Luther King but about empowering people through collective action. Because I have more sympathy with the women, trade unionists and people of Iraq, than hatred for the man in the White House.
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
Howard Epstein - Author, translator (New York City)
Michael Erben - because I support, in large part, your Mainfesto, your openness to what I might call “social capital engagement” and - especially - your statements on anti-Americanism, Israel and anti-Zionism being used as a mask for anti-Semitism.
Noel Erinjeri - “Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.” -Robinson Jeffers
Lorenzo Erroi - Good luck!
Arcadi Espada - I belong to a group in Barcelona opposed to nationalist politics implemented in Catalonia and in Spain today. We are about to create a new political party, based upon principles similar to those expounded in the Euston Manifesto. We believe it is of the utmost importance that people across Europe who share these viewpoints come together and make an effort to promote sound and rational political agendas.
Debora Espejo-Saavedra Bohigas
Juan Espino - I believe that it is necessary to refound the authentically democratic Left, dialogue like and nonsectarian, internacionalist, egalitarian and nondisintegrate, worried and activates against the existing injustices in the World, but with firmness against the terrorism and not rendered.
Ali Eteraz - I would like to bring the same manifesto to Muslims around the world. Bringing these values into the Shariah, the Islamic Law, is one of my major goals in life. I am a reformist Islamic thinker and find that the clash of civilizations mentality of the West is inhibiting it from moving to its future, and inhibiting Islam from having the mental quietude to turn its eyes inward.
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Paul Evans - I’ve chosen to sign the Euston Manifesto because I hope that it will help us to refocus progressive opinion in support of liberal democracy and in opposition to totalitarianism. I believe that liberal democracy is an essential pre-condition to social progress and not just in Europe, but throughout the world. This appears self-evident to me. Yet large sections of the left have shown themselves to be lukewarm on the subject. By focussing almost exclusively on ‘anti-imperialism’ at the expense of internationalism, the left has chosen and often felt obliged to be silent on issues that should be central to all of us. I hope that the debate that accompanies the launch of this manifesto goes some way towards changing this.