Thursday, July 3, 2008

SIX PERCENT FOR INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY

I count it a great few days that my readers have come from across the political spectrum. A recent study suggests that left-wing bloggers spend most of their time among their ideological kin and rightist bloggers spend most of their time with their ilk. Only 6% of political blog readers regularly visit both left and right blogs. So thanks to new neoconservatives,Rustbelt liberals, and Canadian feminist-socialists for finding their way here. I'm happy to be part of the proud six percent. I'll be visiting your sites regularly.

6 comments:

Hesperis said...

Happy to find you too. Keep on keepin' on in the rustbelt!

carrel dweller said...

It is a bit disturbing how I embrace the like-minded blogs and just plain don't read the opposing arguments. But they raise my blood pressure so ...

That's okay, though. I have my Ohio relatives to keep me informed of the view from the right. They pray for me regularly.

Tom S said...

My prayers to both of you! Seriously, there's a lot to be learned by keeping up with "the other side." The U.S. left has often failed to grapple rigorously with political and economic power--they dismiss rightists, often righteously, without dismantling them. Or they throw up a picket line or stage a theatrical demonstration without developing a powerful intellectual or political alternative. The most rigorous intellectuals I know (two of them, both on the left) read deeply and widely in right-wing blogs and periodicals along with a steady diet of liberal and left periodicals.

Assuming that your side is right--and posturing on the moral high ground--might feel good, but it's not a very effective tactic for social change.

carrel dweller said...

Any right-wing blog suggestions for future reading?

Tom S said...

I prefer intelligent conservative blogs to the knee-jerk and often factually challenged--but well-known--sites like Front Page Magazine. I recently discovered www.neoneocon.com, whose posts are often wrong but usually thoughtful. Further to the right is No Left Turns, the Ashbrook Center blog, which is a haven for paleo-conservative thinkers. http://noleftturns.ashbrook.org/ The MSM has fallen in love with Ross Douthat at the Atlantic, who advocates injecting a strong dose of Clintonism into the Republican Party. He can be found at http://rossdouthat.theatlantic.com/

There are more, but these are a good start.

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