Libby Tabard - There is little value in the terms Left and Right. And recent history just underlines the fact. The time has come to jettison the baggage of ideology (and postmodern junk) and actually start insisting on some key principles. Above all I am a rationalist and believer in scientific progress. I am hesitant in signing because I have signed many documents which did not fulfil their promise. But I agree with most of what I read. However there are still terms like ‘citizenship’ and ‘equality’ which will require more careful definition. For instance how would supporters deal with the deportation of foreign criminals?
Colin Talbot - In the 1930s when a religio-fascist movement - Francoism - attempted to overthrow democracy in Spain the Left called for first, intervention by the Western deomcracies and when that failed formed the International Brigades. That is the real spirit of democractic internationalism, not those who march alongside today’s religio-fascists and fellow-travel with terrorists and theocrats.
Ilija Talev - The Manifesto is a document thatsumms up virtually everything thatI believe in as a person. In my view, no world leader currently truly embodies all the values mentioned in the manifesto. Nor are there any promising emerging global leaders who may actively and persistently fight for the same in the future. Therefore, a document such as the manifesto, with its progressive content can serve as a source of inspiration to many who wish to live in a better world. If one truly believes in the values of the manifesto, one could never make wrong political decisions.
Michael Tansini - I believe the left has suffered damaging blows - from its refusal to condemn communism to laud anything remotely anti-American, when they ignore the alternative. We have to show people who would snide at ‘liberal’ values and say what we value, even to have the grace to admit not everything the Bush administration has done is bad
Felix J. Tapia - As a scientist and a professor from a an autoumous university i Latinoamerica, I strongly believe in main principles expressed in Euston Manifesto.
Paolo Tatti - because I don’t like italian left coaliction..
Elizabeth Taylor - As a liberal expat American living in Scotland, I’m SO happy to see a more postive view of the USA being put forth, one which is able to differentiate beatween the government and everyday citizens.
James Taylor - To support the reclamation of Liberal ideas from the negativity into which they had frequently descended.
Miles Taylor - Because a clear, coherent, and knowing voice to champion enlightenment values is desperately needed. What is humane, rational, and libertarian - that which makes mankind’s existence worthwhile - is under attack. The world and mankind needs to be, must be, more than the K-marts and mosques that the powerful these days want. A progressive organisation/network that provides a banner, debating space, inspiration and support to those championing social and economic freedom, human rights, science, reason, and the environment is very welcome. The forces of darkness have crowded round the beacon lately - high time we made it burn bright again….
Anthony Teasdale - I signed because I’m sick of ranting wankers parroting the same old cliched Naom Chomsky/Michael Moore/SWP arguments over and over again. These poeple are conservative to the core, unwilling to challenge their own views in case they end up changing their mind. As always, they’d prefer for the Tories to be in power so they can get down to the real business of going on demos, shouting dead loud into a megaphone and waving placards around. That’s why.
Brendan Teeling - I can’t say it any better than Eve Garrard did: ‘The Manifesto … is a declaration of support for a set of principles, including liberal democracy and those practices … which support it’. Obvious or not, we have to re-state what we stand for.
Luis Teixeira - I do not consider myself as a left-thinker. If I am something, it is a liberal-conservative. But I believe that the democratic left and the liberal-conservatives both pursue some basic issues that are very well defined in this manifesto. And, most of all, I believe that, once again, we need to choose our side - and stand up there.
Howard Telford - I signed because the Manifesto addresses the disappointment and disillusionment I’ve felt about the promotion of cheap knee-jerk politics over a truly progressive international agenda. I signed because I want credible ideas from the left that are interested in improving peoples lives and opposing fascism. I signed because people like George Galloway and Michael Moore don’t represent the true left in Britain, America, Iraq, Palestine or anywhere else in the world.
Josè L Teràn Fernandez - Is time to take up again the idealism of free, progressive and independent thought, and to leave the affected posture (this way support the autocracy)
Simon Thackrah - I join with fellow Eustonites because it is not progressive to: excuse tyranny in the name of cultural relativism; be selective in the condemnation of terrorism; dress up anti-Semitism in the guise of sympathy for the Palestinians; denounce the American people for the foreign policy disasters of their government; oppose globalisation without acknowledging that the problem is also the solution; and quarantine criticism of religious beliefs from public discourse. Together, comrades, we can reinvigorate progressive politics with this manifesto as a foundation!
Jonathan Thake - Umptillion good reasons to sign, but here are some. A general feeling that the liberal west is facing the wrong way, attacking the wrong people and feeling inappropriately pleased with itself for doing so. Every broadsheet rustler I meet, makes the same argument: America is evil, George Bush is both a moron and a sort of Hitler, Tony Blair is his stooge, and we’re in Iraq for the Bush/Cheney oil company – in fact, they flew the planes into the world trade centre too, probably. Why didn’t every newspaper in Europe stand together and reprint the Danish cartoons? Why are Islamic fighters in Iraq (who are trying to destroy a democracy and establish a tyranny) being compared to the Minutemen (who were trying to do the exact opposite)? Why, 200 plus years after the enlightenment, is England passing laws to imprison those who hate and mock religion? Is everybody taking stupid pills? It seems like the west can’t flagellate itself hard enough, or throw out its democratic values fast enough. And I wonder if we’re going to win this one.
Phil Thane - For many years I’ve wondered when we would finally wake up to the fact that the old Left/Right symbols don’t apply any more. I am a liberal, socially, economically and politically and this manifesto comes closer than any other I’ve seen to describing my position on things that matter.
Snoopy TheGoon - Seems like a rare voice of sanity. Congratulations and all the best.
Ben Thomas - Because the one phrase that I seriously disagree with - “[We are] opposed to picking through the rubble of the arguments over intervention [in Iraq]” - is outweighed by the great good sense everywhere else. An important military campaign was begun on the basis of an unjustifiable argument: the military threat from Iraq. We are repeatedly being encouraged to misremember the motivation as being the introduction of democracy to Iraq; and for as long as the leaders who carried out this sleight of hand remain in power, I want to hear it “picked through” as often as possible. In the rest of the manifesto, you are saying things that need to be said loudly and clearly. Best wishes to you and to it.
Terence Thomas - Simply stated, I agree with the general thrust and the particular details of the Euston Manifesto. For some time I have felt disenfranchised as a social democrat and wish to be known as someone whose political inclination is to the left and for freedom of expression, equality of status and opportunity for all and the establishment of a world order that will enable these aspirations to be realised.
Chad Thompson - Just as surely as we would condemn the KKK, so must we unreservedly condemn its modern day equivalent. We cannot apologize for such backwardness and barbarity by taking refuge in the desire not to judge other cultures. Our virtues of tolerance are right. Period. Unfortunately, if we extend that tolerance to the powerfully intolerant people of the world, we take a ride on a one-way street to servitude. Thank you for helping to craft a liberal position that is based on truly liberal concepts. Too often, we have let our disagreement with the Bush administration force us into alliances with the most decidedly illiberal powers that be, and that destroys our credibility.
Richard Thompson - At last! A political manifesto I can heartily endorse. Let us work to make its beliefs a reality. Dick Thompson
Silvia Tindall - Please sign my name on\ly as silvia T. the reason is purely a result of feelings of ‘intimidation’- previous experience .
Phillip Tipton - I applaud the publication of the Euston Manifesto, and I am glad progressive politics has found its voice at last. We on the centre-left should be unceasing in our championing of human rights and democracy, our condemnation of the politics of hate and division and, importantly, our refusal to form alliances with pedlars of fundamentalism and extremisn.
Gordon Tisher - I grew up in a totalitarian dictatorship, and cannot abide people criticising democracies to the benefit of tyrrany.
Steve Titley - Because I proud to be a humanist, democratic socialist, internationalist and celebrator of diversity. This may sound like the Python ‘Yorkshiremen’ sketch but I am proud to say that I was born and happily raised in a council flat and now enjoy a very comfortable and perhaps priveleged lifestyle. The opportunities that I have had came from the hard work of my parents but could only have been possible once the post war Labour Party delivered on the ideals of free education and health (developed, I know, by many a Liberal thinker as well). Only a true mass working class movement could have delivered this and now my party ‘new’ Labour, has become a marketing concept with a tragic case of private sector infatuation syndrome. I do despair somewhat.
NJ Todd - There has been a drift in progressive politics that has abandoned principles in favor of partisan political maneuvering. The shrill denunciations of classical liberal values and movements merely because they are espoused by those seen as political ‘enemies’ has forced many away from the left-wing, myself included. It’s good to be welcomed back to the fold — I only hope the American left can embrace the same values that the British left has seen fit to recognize.
Vladimir Torres - I am simply tired of being labeled “right-wing” for defending positions that, in my view, quintessentially define being progressive. It was about time that we reclaimed them.
Salvo Toscano - I signed because I hope in a real and possible sinergy between liberaldemocrats and socialdemocrats. The left wing in my country needs to be modernized.
Pedro Tourinho - I believe the Euston Manifesto translates my point of view and my behavior towards our society.
Eric Trachtenberg - This document is a welcome relief for progressives who believe in sound economics, human rights and democracy. The rejection of leftist abuses and bigotry and the willingness to engage those who disagree with us could reinvigorate the international progressive movement. I look forward to seeing what else we can do in the future.
Jack Trainor - It’s about time the obvious was stated so plainly and forthrightly. I’ve been left and progressive since the early eighties. Now I’m voting neoconservative. My principles have changed.
Mike Treder - I completely agree with the positions stated in the Manifesto. As a citizen of the world, first, and a US citizen, second, I favor a strong transnational movement promoting moderate but progressive views. In addition, I urge the Euston group and others to emphasize the value of reason and actively oppose reactionary, anti-intellectual forces wherever they are found. Whether it is the militant fundamentalists of the Islamic world, or the anti-Enlightenment religious right or the anti-science radical left in the Western world, they are all equally dangerous.
Pierre Tremblay - A refreshing dose of political and social rationalism. Félicitations.
Marc Tretin - I am a lawyer in Brooklyn. If there is ever a need for me email me. Finally the left has come to its senses. Marc Tretin
Gloria Trinidad - I consider myself a socialist who has learned over the years a hard lesson: socialism cannot be true without the radical defense of individual rights. That’s why I fully support this manifesto.
Lars Troide - I agree with all 15 principles of the Manifesto. Like many educated people my age (I am 64), I started out as a Kennedy-style liberal, but have been dismayed by the dogmatism of the extreme left which has effectively taken over much of the public discourse broadly defined as “liberal.” I intensely dislike the use of pat labels to discredit those with whom one disagrees. One such label is “neo-con” with its (intended or not) connotations of “neanderthal” and “con artist.” As for Principle 15, I do believe there is a “total truth” out there (philosophical, moral, religious, scientific), but that the human race is still seeking it and may never find it, at least in this world. We see “as through a glass darkly,” but it is the honest seeking that matters.
Kerrod Trott - G’day Like all good-hearted socialists around the world, I have become dismayed and disheartened by the inherent contradictions between my socialist and my anti-imperialist beliefs. When the world’s leading democracy also acts like the world’s most agressive imperial power, it’s understandable that I feel some sympathy for the anti-colonial forces even if they are unabashedly anti-democratic. What do you do? The Euston Manifesto articulates the problem, and offers a way off the horns of the dilemna. Well done. I publish an online newspaper in Brisbane, Australia - www.westender.com.au - and I’d like to publish a story about the Manifesto for my readers. Is there a press release? Cheers Kerrod Trott
Christos Tsambrounis - A message for the whole world!
Evan Tucker - There seems to be a new developing trend among political nuts. In the wake of 9/11 and Iraq, of the overwhelming perception of the necessity of humanitarian intervention, and of such blatantly botched interventions in practice, liberal and conservative have nowhere near the same weight of meaning they once did and neither do left and right. All that remains to load us all with the division is the distinction between intervention and isolation. Pat Buchanan and Noam Chomsky, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin all sound eerily similar these days. We can’t explain this unless we realize that the far right and left have met at their extremes with greater definition than at any time since 1938. Together these forces have formed a new global Right-Wing, and the only option that remains is those who feel differently to come together to form a new global Left. The pressing question is if there is a difference between the interventions of democratic governments to promote Democracy, and the interventions of non-democratic governments to promote something else. The isolationists don’t see the distinction, we do.
Rafique Tucker - I am an American, center-Left liberal Democrat, who supports the global fight against terror, and the fight for human freedom. All those committed to the broad liberal tradition ought to support ideas such as this, even if we don’t agree with everything here.
Sean Turnell - I am a founder and editor of Burma Economic Watch, a journal devoted to promoting democracy and human rights in Burma by highlighting the country’s economic malaise. Though once a keen supporter of what might be called ‘left’ or ‘progressive’ thought, I have become profoundly disillusioned over the left’s abandonment of universal human rights in favour of knee-jerk anti-Americanism. For all its faults, the United States’ remains one of the few countries willing to call to account Burma’s military junta.
John Turner, Leicester
Robert Twigg - I enthusiastically sign this manifesto. I am so pleased to discover such a group of like minded people. I have thought along similar lines to yourselves for years.
Thomas Declan Tynan - To add support
John Tyson - I have long been struggling with my own political persuasion, and recently came to the conclusion that currently I would best describe myself as an eco-communist. My views are largely represented by the manifesto (which I heard about through the Times) and I want to throw my support behind it, as the best political stance I’ve heard in a long time. I am tired of the current consumerist society that seems to care little for improving itself in any way. There’s still a lot of work to do in terms of removing apathy, stupidity and bigotry (as a gay man, I have a vested interest in that one).