In Defense Of the Left Flank
Matt Yglesias criticizes the Left flank of the blogs (specifically Chris Bowers.) I want to speak in defense of them. While on policy I am to the right of all of them (Sirota, Stoller, et al), I simply love that they speak strongly in favor of the policies they believe in. That they worry about it. That they pressure about it. A while ago I wrote at Corrente my view of what the Left blogs should be about:
Lambert invited me to discuss what the blogosphere should do now. My short answer is that it should do what it should have been doing before - fighting for the issues each particular blog believes in through the mechanisms it feels are most effective. The short answer is to do what is most effective to advance the cause of the issues you believe in.
That is what Chris, Matt, David and the rest of the "concern trolls" are doing. And Gawd bless them for it. We need more people fighting for what they believe in.
Speaking for me only
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