Where my politics come from

Posted by on Jan 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Martin Luther King
Don't normally blog about these things, but prompted by events in DC today, I started thinking about who most shaped my politics.

Curiously for a nice white Welsh boy exiled in the relative comfort of the North London suburbs, this man, his struggle and his death did it for me

Makes me wonder how why I gave up trying to change things I felt so strongly are wrong about our world. "Now is the time", MLK said. Maybe now is the time to get back to work and make things better, together?

What about you? Who shaped your politics?

1 Comment

  1. Libby
    January 26, 2009

    Realize I’m a little late to the game on this one (1/20 feels like eons ago), but it’s an interesting question and it got me thinking. If I could point to one thing that shaped my politics, it would have to be the media’s fascination with JFK. As with most things in my life, I’m drawn to passion – always found it contagious. Hearing people talk about JFK clearly stirred up passion and I liked that. I wondered why my presidents (Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2) didn’t stir that kind of energy. More than any singular policy or position, I wanted to someone and something to believe in.
    Enter Obama. I disagree with him on certain positions (gay marriage, for one), but overall I’m inspired. Finally. And more importantly, others are inspired as well, which is all I ever wanted to begin with. Collective enthusiasm. So I guess a romantic notion of how politics could be shaped how I feel today. And hopefully the next 4 (8?) years will expand and evolve my political ideals.
    What a great question, thank you Mark.