A century of peace and prosperity may be under threat from the rise of that dark specter once again: nationalism.
The main parties across Europe have been ill prepared to deal with what may have temporarily been needed to end the wars, yet might now be threatening peace.
Nationalism has been answered with communism by the parties on the left. So we have a situation where nazis fight commies like a century ago.
We know how that ended, and we also know who can really fight nationalism. Only liberalism.
The idea of liberalism invented by the enlightenment in the 1800s has given us all that is good. Prosperity, peace, liberty and all other principles that make Europe and America great.
It is liberalism that stood up to both nazis and commies and won and it will win again because its principles are good and far superior than any alternative.
A Rise of Liberalism in Britain?
Libdems, punished severely and unjustly in 2015 with that potentially being the near term cause of the current mess, surprised everyone during this month’s local elections, winning hundreds of councils.
To anyone who is independent, this surge would have been expected because a look at the current alternatives makes it clear there is no other choice.
Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has as advisor someone from the British Communist Party. We didn’t even know there is one, with some of his policies being good but as a package it might not be a great choice.
After now almost a decade in power, conservatives are getting a bit old. They run out of ideas quite a while ago. Three years in government and they haven’t achieved anything. The cuts have now gone too far, there needs to be a reversal there. Britain needs some change as it heads towards a new decade.
With no good alternatives, Libdems, as unthinkable as it may be, could rise to rule Britain again as they did when Britain ruled the waves.
“I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government.”
So said Tory peer Michael Heseltine while telling the world he was to vote Libdem in the European elections.
He is joined by Alastair Campbell who told BBC Radio 5 Live that the election on Thursday was the “first time in my life” he did not vote Labour.
“I voted for one of the unequivocally pro-remain, pro-People’s Vote parties and I did that because I think that’s the right thing for the country,” he said.
“Change UK said it could form an electoral pact with the Liberal Democrats,” so tells the Telegraph.
There have recently been many likewise movements that suggest Libdems could potentially give another shock election and rise to decimate all other parties.
Fantasy, dream land, political experts may well say with a long lecture on first past the post and all the rest, but for the first time old party allegiances might not hold because conservatives and labour are deeply divided.
Vince Cable, who stood down this Friday as Libdem leader as he said he would prior to the surge, said:
“[There is an] opportunity created by the conflict and decay within the two main parties to build a powerful, liberal, green, and social democratic force in the centre ground of British politics. We are now in an excellent position to lead such a movement.”
Another leader will now be chosen with the process going through to July, but arguably who will lead the party might not be very relevant because this might also be the first time in living memory when voters might make their decision on substance rather than personalities.
There is far too much at stake to care about silly things in this general election which is coming and has to come because no new PM has any mandate on Europe. The people will have to vote on who they want to lead.
How Can Libdems Win?
A number of conservative and labour MPs have left their parties to form a new one, Change UK.
These are big names and big faces, but they have no chance of winning unless they join under the banner of liberalism.
The Change UK MPs running as Libdem candidates can create a very potent political force that would galvanize the entire nation and may break up or reduce considerably the other two main parties.
That’s because with this election being one of liberalism vs nationalism, a clear message is needed and Libdems have that message out there already and we know it’s an appealing message because they’re rising and rising in polls.
Seeing chances of success, other conservatives and labour MPs who believe in liberalism and in a proudly European Britain will join.
Heseltine the elder may advise, while the very experienced Campbell might too give assistance, as may others.
This would realign politics with, on one hand, a clear Libdem message and on the other, what would be Conservatives with probably some pact with Nigel Farage.
And such realignment is needed because labour is no opposition. As much disliked as May was, Corbyn still polled below her.
In these times more than ever, we need a real and proper debate, and thus a proper opposition. Libdems, especially if joined in a sort of grand alliance for liberalism, can be such opposition to offer tens of millions proper representation.
The story of nationalism was seducing at first, especially in those temporary circumstances, but we now know what it means.
This trading nation with a global outlook will find liberalism far more seducing and that will change all of Europe and perhaps America too.
The Uniting Banner of Liberalism
Both the left and the right have gone too far. The left arguably brought identity politics, arguing that certain races, genders, and so on, should be given preference because they were discriminated against in previous centuries.
That courted a backlash from the right, with it so leading to a very divided nation in America in particular.
No one stood to give the message of liberalism, but perhaps it is time Britain does and that is that all races, genders and so on are equal with none deserving preferential treatment save for on merit.
If a black man or a white man or a yellow man, or women as they may be, are best fit for a certain job, then that’s that.
These are arguments made long ago and won, but apparently they have to be argued again.
Likewise liberalism has the answer to all the other arguments and as it stands, only liberalism can unite our divided countries.
Those who stand for liberalism in US, therefore, have to take over the Democratic party like Trump took over the Republican party and do so in time for 2020 as there has to be a real election not a coronation.
That’s because the old left doesn’t have the answers as they’ve arguably moved too much to the left just as Republicans may have moved too much to the right.
Liberalism instead can provide the solution by standing to those long held principles that have proved themselves to produce peace and prosperity.
We may have been through some challenging times, but there’s no reason to now make them even more challenging by bringing back old discarded ideologies that produce only war.
So it is time for those who believe in liberalism to stand and make the arguments and win them again to secure another century of peace and prosperity.
For it is arguably because the pen of liberalism has been silent that we find ourselves in a bit of a mess which can be addressed by condensing into sentences some old books on classical liberalism.
Something the Libdems are fairly good at, and thus may well turn Britain yellow.
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