Thomas Ridley is a self-published essayist of sociopolitical criticism.
Ridley self-published his first work, Prisoners of Tradition, on 11 October 2019. The political activism and social criticism present in his work is heavily informed by his interest in liberal Enlightenment philosophy, particularly the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, key architects of the American and French Revolutions; James Madison, the principal author of the United States Constitution; the excoriating polemical writings of radicals such as Christopher Hitchens; and the socially democratic political atmosphere in which he grew up in.
Ridley was born on 10 December 1992 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England, and holds a BAHons degree in Music Technology from the University of Huddersfield.
Prisoners of Tradition: The Case For a British Constitutional Republic
As the European question has brought a renewed focus to the functionality of Britain's constitutional monarchy, now is the ideal time to exercise an examination of its application in the 21st century.
Paying homage to the pamphlet Common Sense written by Thomas Paine, and drawing from the Enlightenment political philosophies of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, in this sociopolitical essay, Ridley examines the current state of British affairs, and advances moral and political arguments for the abolition of the monarchy, the elevation of Britain as a secular nation, the expansion of democracy and devolution, and the enshrinement of the inalienable rights of all in a written Constitution and Declaration of Liberties.