I only drink with liberals


Donated by John Ellis

Museum of Australian Democracy collection

This badge was produced by Drinking Liberally, an organisation formed in the United States to promote political engagement by giving progressives a place to gather and talk politics and, according to its motto, ‘build democracy one drink at a time’.

The donor of this badge, John Ellis, writes:

This badge was given to me by my niece who lives in New York. I wore it for fun to stir up my left-leaning friends who thought I had flipped. The group ‘Drinking Liberally’ originated in the United States in 2003 and has chapters around the world including Melbourne. … The word ‘liberal’ has a different meaning to that used by the Liberal Party of Australia.