The very foundation of democracy
: John Perry Barlow started a blog, as many others have noted. He opened up comments; good for him. And he’s impressed with the discussion and sees it as “the very foundation of democracy.” He’s not afraid (so far) to find himself in political discussion and to scold his own:
If we in the anti-Bush forces continue to bray about our moral and intellectual superiority, we will almost certainly piss off the troubled folks in the middle who will decide the future of America in the next election. Unfortunately, elections these days are more about style and policy. I think we’re right on the policies – though more thorough and direct engagement with the other side will be necessary to put persuasive sinew into our arguments. But our style sucks. We are too often arrogant, hyperbolic, self-righteous, vindictive, and mean-spirited. Anger, no matter how justified, is not attractive to the unconvinced.
Now would be a good time for us all to come and reason together, and I am grateful to the pro-Bush newcomers to this blog for their willingness to do just that.
As we used to say, right on.