Sunday, January 09, 2005

A blogger's return

So I’m back. For now anyway. New times, new blog-design. I have been away from blogging since November, as some of you may have noticed (I hope...).

The reason I stopped was partly because I was so fed up of politics and the useless idiocy of the War on Terror-debate. Hearing deafitist and so called pacifist arguments from the Left that missed the point completely.

This combined with a feeling of political homelessness and disillusionment followed by a move towards a more centrist position had the effect that I stopped posting in order to do some soulsearching.

I have also grown more and more disillusioned with the so-called liberal or moderate Left. Even within the ranks of these, there has been for the most part a total lack of understanding of what were up against here. The unwillingness to face the threat of global Islamistic Fascism and even the direct and voiced support for those terrorist groups carrying out attacks on civilians in Iraq is not only mindboggling. It is also deeply tragic and dangerous.

I can’t see a radically democratic and antitotalitarian stance being developed by the liberal left, let alone the Left as a whole. The fascistoid squabbling going on amongst leftist groups is not only annoying, but deeply disturbing. And I can’t see that that’s going to change in the foreseeable future. Neither can I see any evidence of a decent Left evolving, only decent Leftists. People posting on blogs like Harry's Place, Norman Geras and Socialism In An Age Of Waiting are still carrying the torch of a free and free-thinking Left. However, to me it seems these are only the exceptions confirming the rule. But I hope that they will continue to struggle against the perversions of the Left being perpetrated by so many on the Left and liberal Left as we speak.

For some time now I have felt that I might start blogging again, but from a slightly different, more centrist, angle than before. This is not a radical change in me (from centre-left to centrist), however I feel I have a clearer view of my on position now. Centrist, independent and antitotalitarian.

So stay tuned, sooner or later things will probably start moving again. Anyway, I'll let you know.

18 Comments:

At January 10, 2005 at 12:09 AM, Blogger Patton said...

Frederick:

Yes, we noticed. Welcome back, at whatever schedule you decide to keep. And no need to inform: you're one of my RSS feeds, so the computer lets me know when you resurface.

I look forward, as always, to your future postings.

 
At January 10, 2005 at 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patton,

Thanks. Nice to hear from you again. It's good to be back.

 
At January 10, 2005 at 2:43 AM, Blogger Frederick said...

Patton,

Eh, I'm a bit embarrassed to ask this. But I've been away from blogging for quite some time and... well, where do you blog?
(Also, I lost my blogroll when changing the template of my blog... Computer wizard I ain't...)

 
At January 10, 2005 at 3:02 AM, Blogger Marc Schulman said...

Welcome back, Frederick.

The blogosphere is better off with you participating.

 
At January 10, 2005 at 8:58 AM, Blogger Frederick said...

Marc,

Thank you for your kind words. Feels good to be back.

 
At January 11, 2005 at 6:44 PM, Blogger PurpleStater said...

Frederick,

Yes, the election season was pretty intense, and by the end of it I was avoiding talking politics with many people I knew (thank God for blogging!) but I suspect it was worse to be a Bush supporter in Sweden. You're right - there are a handful of fine anti-totalitarian lefties out there, but it's hard to identify with a politicalideology that champions "progressive ideas" but is utterly unable to take a stand against a virulent strain of religious fascism that threatens the basis of societies built on those ideas.

Anyway, glad you're back and front and center. You were always in that category, at least in my blogroll: center-left is still center.

 
At January 12, 2005 at 12:51 PM, Blogger Frederick said...

PurpleStater,

Thanks. And I agree -- thank God for blogging. As I find it increasingly difficult to talk about politics and social issues even with friends, it's good to be able to vent your feelings on the blog. However, it is still probably a good idea to show people where you stand by stating your case calmly but firmly. And if they won't listen... well, then that's there problem, isn't it? Take care now. I'll be posting something very soon.

 
At January 17, 2005 at 3:59 AM, Blogger Patton said...

Frederick: I just logged on to read your latest item (on which I'll probably litter your space with a comment in a minute) and saw your question about where I blog.

I then went into my Blogger profile and was horrified to find that it contains nothing but my name. What the heck was I thinking? My email address is now visible through that profile (yes, spammers of the world, you're welcome), and it answers your question, a bit obliquely: I blog at opinion8.net.

 
At January 18, 2005 at 1:59 PM, Blogger Frederick said...

Patton,

Thanks. I thought I was going potty, but I was right. There was no information about you there. Thanks for the info

 
At March 16, 2006 at 11:57 PM, Anonymous Joanne said...

Welcome back! There was many a time when I returned to your blog and found no new items. I missed your blogging. Then, I gave up for awhile.

One thing: Is it just my computer or do you have light green text on a darker green background. It's nearly impossible to read!

 
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