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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Overrun With Liberals

My buddy Chris has a great web site called BookTalk (it's permalinked on my sidebar, too).  Every other month he and his members pick a book, usually about science or politics, and use it as a basis for sparking interesting debate.  Some past BookTalk selections have been Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot and Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  Right now we're reading Civilization and It's Enemies by Lee Harris, an indispensable work for anyone following the War on Terror.

Chris, however, has a problem:  BookTalk is largely overrun with liberals.  We've discussed the possible reasons for this and have come to believe it's because BookTalk members tend to be rationalists of one sort or another (humanists, agnostics, atheists, etc...).  It is typically liberals who stick up for separation of church and state issues, so scientific-minded folks tend to gravitate their way politically.  Chris himself is like me, hovering somewhere out in the foggy and ill-defined area between neoconservatism and libertarianism.

What Chris needs are some intelligent, well-spoken conservatives, neocons, and libertarians to join in the discussions over at BookTalk.  Please, please, please don't go over there with "Liberals are stupid!  Nyah, nyah, nyah!" nonsense; most of Chris' members are actually pretty smart and you'll only perpetuate the "dumb redneck" conservative stereotype if you show up calling people names.  Chris wants folks who will read the books and civilly argue points from a right-leaning perspective.  He wants people who can refute Chomsky and support O'Rourke because they're familiar with the work of both.  To be frank, he wants new members that are bright and civil but who don't suffer from terminal liberalism.

As an example of exactly what goes on at Chris' site, here are a couple BookTalk threads in which I participated.  Notice the lopsided nature of the argument (notice, too, the skill and aplomb with which sandor handles the screeching muckadoos!):

Saddam Hussein is Caught

Is Capitalism the Best Economic System?

So there you have it.  If you like reading about politics and science - and like discussing politics and science - then stop by BookTalk and join the fray.  It's a great way to hone your debating skills, and some counterbalancing viewpoints in the BookTalk forums will benefit everyone who reads and posts there.   And slapping down leftist nonsense can be pretty damn entertaining to boot!