I was chatting to a young relative recently about politics and economics and felt inspired, as a result, to try to gather my views into one coherent whole — not that my views are necessarily coherent! I realized as I began to gather my thoughts that I am an idealist at heart. I have a vision in my head of how things “ought” to be and my politics and beliefs about appropriate economics flow from that vision. I think I can sum up my ideals in one small phrase: equal opportunity. I believe at some deep level that everyone is entitled to an equal start in life. Most of my politics flow from that simple, yet profound, vision. I shall try in subsequent posts to embroider on where that vision takes me.