As the title says, a displaced Brooklynite living in self imposed exile in Portland, Oregon. My name is Edith Spencer, and I write and do research for plays, screenplays and articles.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Accepting the Nobel Prize in Oslo
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Why I stay on the left
Here is an interesting post from Andrew Sullivan from the Daily Dish, entitled Leaving the Right in which he discusses the origin of his Conservative thought, where he is coming from as a Briton who had the crushing hand of the State determine everything- from how much education you were entitled to, to housing, to medicine- to why personal liberty is important, and why the current manifestation of the Right is off the rails and no longer worthy of his personal support.
I studied Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, and understand the importance of not only Conservative thought, but also of well placed skepticism when it comes to imposition of the state upon personal liberty. But perhaps for the same reasons that Andrew became a Conservative in Thatcher's Britain, I became a left leaning progressive in the Bush Era.
I have a very Oakshottian skepticism over the role of the State to impose laws that tell people what to do concerning their private sexuality or even over the domain of their own bodies. I have a very real disagreement of using public funds to start wars without proper foundation and to enrich contractors, while not using public funds to proper maintain civil order in natural disasters (Katrina) to properly regulate large scale businesses ( The Real Estate Bubble and Banking Mess) and to strengthen national resources ( our infrastructure.)
Andrew drives on the right, I drive on the left; and yet we are fellow travelers on this journey called the American Experience.
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