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Beliefs

 

I am sometimes asked, usually by those who cannot understand my devout atheism, what I believe in.

There is an inference that, if I do not believe in a god, specifically the one they believe in, then I cannot be a good man. They argue that without a code then I am somehow morally bankrupt.

Here then, is my code. It is by no means original, but it is simple. It can be summed up in just six words

They are :

Diversity
Tolerance
Inclusion
Equality
Human Kindness

I did think about writing here and explaining the nature, the relevance, the importance of each element – in isolation and holistically. But that would be preaching – something to which I have a great aversion.

Except to say that I personally feel these beliefs are core to a family, a community, a country, a world living in harmony. I live and breathe by them.

And I have yet to find a mainstream religion or a political manifesto which truly embraces all five of them.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

It disappoints and depresses me that, in the four years since writing this, the leadership and politics of ALL major countries have shifted further (in some cases dramatically) towards positions directly opposed to the above principles. And religion … well … best left unsaid.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2020 in politics, Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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You can’t argue with stupid

 

You can’t have a rational argument with stupid people when it comes to Brexit or the General Election.

Or with racists.

Half the country voted to leave the European Union in 2016. For most of them, it is still the overriding issue in deciding who to vote for in this coming election. That is despite every single financial forecast (including official Government figures) showing that the country will be much worse off leaving the European Union. Indeed the country will be much poorer for at least a generation. The poorest in our society will suffer the most.

Brexit supporters talk of ‘taking back control’ but have no idea which EU laws have been passed that apparently controlled us. In reality, these ‘EU’ laws have mainly given rights and protections to (British) workers and consumers. But what Brexiteers really mean about ‘taking back control’ is that they don’t want immigration and they don’t like ‘foreigners’.  And yet without immigration, we will simply not have enough people to fill jobs across many sectors, particularly health and social care, but also the hospitality industry and farming. The pinch is already being felt. It will get much worse, believe me.

And of course, to get their beloved Brexit, many Brexiteers will vote Tory.

The same Tory party that started their term in office ten years ago by cutting tax for the wealthy and for business and have since gone on to wreck the National Health Service, welfare and social care, education, the police force, the justice system, the parole system – indeed – there is no part of British life that they have not, through incompetence, greed, corruption, idleness, or sheer ugly political dogma, damaged. The fabric of our society has been ripped apart.

Tories will claim it has been because of the need for austerity, yet the deficit is as big as ever and the country is very close to recession once more. We are now a much poorer country in every respect. The human cost in suffering has been unacceptable. The rise of food banks, homelessness, gang violence amongst the young, and the removal of support for those with serious mental and physical disabilities are all the result of Tory cuts. The Tory refusal to invest directly in schools, hospitals and affordable housing when interest rates have been at an all-time low is beyond belief. Meanwhile the rich in the UK have become richer and richer.

Yet Brexiteers and surprisingly some people who have lost the most and have the most to lose from another Tory government will still vote for Boris Johnston. An old Etonian from a privileged background who as no affinity whatsoever with the working woman or man. A compulsive liar, racist, fraud, and misogynist who has been fired twice for dishonesty. A man who has no grasp of detail, no vision, no decency. A man who bumbles through every interview and question with a string of moronic cliches. A man who will do anything to win power. Including promising a programme of expenditure that a Tory party would never ever usually promise. And which he knows they will never deliver. But however large these promised sums are, they cannot repair the damage that has been done to Britain and its communities over the last ten years.

But Boris doesn’t care. He simply wants power. He who leads a Tory party that has strands of pure fascism in its manifesto. A party that will bring this country to its knees. A party that will make the huge rift in our society even deeper.

Brexiteers will vote for Boris mainly because he has promised them their xenophobic, ill-informed, racist Brexit. They will vote for him because the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express, The Telegraph and the Times (owned by people who pay little tax in the UK and have their own money-making agendas for wanting to see Britain out of Europe – and they hate the Labour Party) have told them to do so. They will vote for him because there are significant amounts of money and lies being poured into advertising and manipulation on social media by faceless organisations or governments who also have their own agendas in supporting Brexit – as they did with the Referendum itself.

They will vote for him because they are stupid. Or racist. Or both.

There is no rational argument that can address that.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo © Matt Cardy/Getty Images

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2019 in politics, Uncategorized

 

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Beliefs

 

I am sometimes asked, usually by those who cannot understand my devout atheism, what I believe in.

There is an inference that, if I do not believe in a god, specifically the one they believe in, then I cannot be a good man. They argue that without a code then I am somehow morally bankrupt.

Here then, is my code. It is by no means original, but it is simple. It can be summed up in just six words

They are :

Diversity
Tolerance
Inclusion
Equality
Human Kindness

I did think about writing here and explaining the nature, the relevance, the importance of each element – in isolation and holistically. But that would be preaching – something to which I have a great aversion.

Except to say that I personally feel these beliefs are core to a family, a community, a country, a world living in harmony. I live and breathe by them.

And I have yet to find a mainstream religion or a political manifesto which truly embraces all five of them.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

It disappoints and depresses me that, in the three years since writing this , the leadership and politics of ALL major countries have shifted further (in some cases dramatically) towards positions directly opposed to the above principles. And religion … well … best left unsaid.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Me – the small print

 

I wrote this a year ago. Since then I have gained new followers, and some may have missed it. I would hate readers to be under any illusions about the man and writer behind Romantic Dominant

Some followers on WordPress and Twitter are surprised and disappointed when I express political or general opinions, outside of what they ‘expect’ from me. A number unfollowed me today after my recent tweet mocking the ludicrous idea that more guns make for a safer society.

Rather than you all unfollow me in an untidy fashion as you realise that I am not quite what you expected, I have decided to post this ‘small print’ about me, so all those who wish to take offence at my beliefs can disappear at once. I am certain there is something in here to upset most people but I do feel obliged to come clean about the man behind the writer.

I am white, male, English and middle-aged.
I am a socialist.
I am an atheist.
I am not poor (or particularly rich) by UK standards, and certainly not poor by world standards.
I would rather live in a poor, caring, fair society than a rich, uncaring, unfair one.
I believe all lives, whoever, wherever, are equal.
I believe all human beings have a right to food, water, and shelter
I believe we are all responsible for the safety and well-being of the children of the world.
I abhor discrimination by race, country of origin, sex (in the widest possible sense), age, religion (even though I am an atheist) and I abhor discrimination due to (lack of) wealth or education.
I abhor misogyny and the oppression and abuse of women in all societies
I abhor discrimination against those who face mental or physical challenges, or who are simply not like the ‘norm’.
I believe it is totally unacceptable that 1% of the world’s population own 50% of the world’s wealth, and that the gap between rich and poor globally is widening.
I think capitalism without morality has failed the majority
I hate the cult of money, and also the cult of celebrity.
I despise fervent nationalism or tribalism because it seldom leads to good outcomes. Flags should be reserved for sporting events.

There is probably more, but I am as bored with writing this as you probably are with reading it. Those who have decided to leave have probably left. There is more about me here and here if you can be bothered.

Please exit quietly. Hopefully some will remain.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2019 in Still Life

 

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Beliefs

 

I am sometimes asked, usually by those who cannot understand my devout atheism, what I believe in.

There is an inference that, if I do not believe in a god, specifically the one they believe in, then I cannot be a good man. They argue that without a code then I am somehow morally bankrupt.

Here then, is my code. It is by no means original, but it is simple. It can be summed up in just six words

They are :

Diversity
Tolerance
Inclusion
Equality
Human Kindness

I did think about writing here and explaining the nature, the relevance, the importance of each element – in isolation and holistically. But that would be preaching – something to which I have a great aversion.

Except to say that I personally feel these beliefs are core to a family, a community, a country, a world living in harmony. I live and breathe by them.

And I have yet to find a mainstream religion or a political manifesto which truly embraces all five of them.

.

.

© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

It depresses me that, in the two years since writing this , the leadership and politics of ALL countries have shifted further (in some cases dramatically) towards positions directly opposed to the above principles. And religion … well … best left unsaid.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Me – The ‘small print’

 

Some followers on WordPress and Twitter are surprised and disappointed when I express political or general opinions, outside of what they ‘expect’ from me. A number unfollowed me today after my recent tweet mocking the ludicrous idea that more guns make for a safer society.

Rather than you all unfollow me in an untidy fashion as you realise that I am not quite what you expected, I have decided to post this ‘small print’ about me, so all those who wish to take offence at my beliefs can disappear at once. I am certain there is something in here to upset most people but I do feel obliged to come clean about the man behind the writer.

I am white, male, English and middle-aged.
I am a socialist.
I am an atheist.
I am not poor (or particularly rich) by UK standards, and certainly not poor by world standards.
I would rather live in a poor, caring, fair society than a rich, uncaring, unfair one.
I believe all lives, whoever, wherever, are equal.
I believe all human beings have a right to food, water, and shelter
I believe we are all responsible for the safety and well-being of the children of the world.
I abhor discrimination by race, country of origin, sex (in the widest possible sense), age, religion (even though I am an atheist) and I abhor discrimination due to (lack of) wealth or education.
I abhor misogyny and the oppression and abuse of women in all societies
I abhor discrimination against those who face mental or physical challenges, or who are simply not like the ‘norm’.
I believe it is totally unacceptable that 1% of the world’s population own 50% of the world’s wealth, and that the gap between rich and poor globally is widening.
I think capitalism without morality has failed the majority
I hate the cult of money, and also the cult of celebrity.
I despise fervent nationalism or tribalism because it seldom leads to good outcomes. Flags should be reserved for sporting events.

There is probably more, but I am as bored with writing this as you probably are with reading it. Those who have decided to leave have probably left. There is more about me here and here if you can be bothered.

Please exit quietly. Hopefully some will remain.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Still Life

 

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A Holy Season

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A Holy Season

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It is a holy season.

Cruel winds

shrill at the corners

scrub my face raw.

I hear a choir

dying in every gust.

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It is a holy season.

Ragged chanting

from the perennial faithful

to celebrate birth.

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It is a holy season.

Merciless children

torment the purses

of betrayed mothers,

extracting promises

like teeth.

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It is a holy season.

Her head rests

blind

on my shoulder

leaking tears.

Her dead breath

is captured

in my curls.

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It is a holy season.

I will undress it,

blue-fingered torture

from collar

to spine.

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It is a holy season.

Licking thin lips

fresh with the taste

of salt and blood.

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It is a holy season.

The meek

dream of inheritance

while the mighty

steal the shirts

from their backs.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written during a bitter winter long ago when I lost my heart, my words, and the last tattered remnants of faith – in religion, in politics, in big business. In the time since I wrote this the rich have become far richer all over the world. And much more skilled at lying and stealing. Hence Trump.

It has become a ritual for me to post this every year. An antidote to the commerciality and tacky sentimentality that the season swims in.

photograph borrowed from diginoobsi

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Still Life

 

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Why am I so sad for America?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during his campaign speech to hug the American flag Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) ORG XMIT: FLCO107

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during his campaign speech to hug the American flag Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) ORG XMIT: FLCO107

 

On the face of it, my political instincts ought to be in line with Donald Trump’s.

A concern for the working man, a dislike of the ‘establishment’, a distrust of the media. A growing worry about the effect of globalisation. These are all close to my own heart.

So why I am so sad for America?

Partly because of the man himself.

In my opinion, he is a racist bigot. It seems that, in his eyes, anyone who is not a white American is of lower caste, has less value, is less honest, less human.

His attitude to women is beyond belief. A fifteen year old schoolboy has more respect for the opposite sex. To Trump, women are clearly subordinate in all respects or he would not say the things he says about them. In the past and currently.

He mocks the handicapped. He publicly humiliates the families of those who served their country – which incidentally he notably failed to do. He encourages violence in the political process.

He accuses his opponents of a lack of transparency and yet refuses to do something as simple as reveal his own tax return.

He has a petty, ugly, volatile temperament, ill-suited to a statesman.

And as far as I can see, he tells lies. Repeatedly. Blatantly. Extremely. In a lifetime of listening to politicians I have never heard anything even close to some of his complete inventions and distortions.

While I personally find all these traits utterly appalling (though clearly his supporters do not), it is this last one, his dishonesty, that makes me sad for America.

Like those who campaigned for Brexit in the UK, he has tapped into the fears, concerns and issues of the blue-collar working man. He has recognised their real sense of isolation, the feeling that no one cares about them, that no one represents them, that they have no future, that their jobs are being stolen or simply disappearing, that they have been disenfranchised, that they are being invaded by cheaper labour, inside and out. That there are ‘foreigners’ everywhere. That America is not what it was. He has understood it and used it.

He has made America promises.

America will be great again. The border to the ‘rapist’ Mexican job stealers will be closed with a huge wall (that Mexico will pay for!). The imposition of tariffs and tearing up of trade treaties and agreements will bring a new age of prosperity. He will dismantle the establishment. He will make the poor better off (though not through a minimum wage or changing the grossly unfair tax structure). A host of other ‘feel good’ commitments. It is (he says) a new dawn for true Americans.

Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps he really believes in the plight of the blue-collar American (although the plight of all poor Americans is what matters). Perhaps he really will achieve his much repeated goal. Perhaps he will change everything for the better.

I don’t think so. I think he cares not a jot for the ordinary citizen. I think he cares for one thing. Trump.

So, I am sad for America because you have been sold a pup, because you have been lied to, because you have been used by a very rich man, a celebrity, in his raw quest for power.

And you have elected a man who has no redeeming features whatsoever to the exalted position of President of the United States and de facto leader of the West.

Because of it, overnight, to the rest of the world (except Russia), America has become smaller, grubbier, less credible, less likeable, nastier, and more intolerant.

And over the next four years those promises will stir up so much unrest and unhappiness. There is, in my view, disturbing social upheaval to come, much of it painful and bleak. Dark days lie ahead now – particularly for all minorities, but eventually for all Americans of every ethnicity and persuasion . Pandora’s box is open.

This is why I am so sad for America.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo : Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

I may be wrong, of course, and I will commit now to review this post every year to follow his progress towards making America great again. If I am wrong or have misjudged him, I will apologise.

 

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Working Class Hero

John-Lennon

 

They keep you doped you with religion, sex and TV

And you think you’re so clever and classless and free

But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

 

I utterly despise the cult of celebrity.

But if I were to have heroes (and I don’t), Lennon would be one of them. The song ‘Working Class Hero’ is Lennon at his best. Acerbic, honest, unflinching, brutal. And yet compassionate.

Nothing the middle-of-the-road McCartney did ever came close.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo taken from the web. Provenance unknown

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Music

 

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