Thursday, 20 August 2009

Conservatives on the blogroll! [update 3]

I’ve been persuaded by Jeff Perren and Michael Moeller that the age of Bill Buckley is dead, thank God, so perhaps I should cut some of the modern conservatives a little more slack, specifically conservatives (and conservative outfits) like these ones listed here who Jeff reckons are given an undeservedly bad rap by Objectivists like me:

So based on Jeff’s recommendation I’m adding them to my blogroll in a new ‘Conservatives -The Better Sort’ section (or in some cases I’ve simply moved them there from their existing spots on the blogroll), and I’ll read them regularly (or more regularly) to see if Jeff is right. And I would also add these three books below recommended by Michael Moeller to my reading list . . . if I weren’t already one-third of the way through Folsom’s mostly excellent overview of FDR’s mostly dreadful New Deal.

Why not join me in checking them all out.


  1. ...if I weren’t already one-third of the way through Folsom’s mostly excellent overview of FDR’s mostly dreadful New Deal.

    Isn't that like Richard Dawkins announcing that he's going to take a look at 'God is not Great' because it sounds like it might be his kind of thing? About every 1 in 10 posts already seems to be about 'why FDR sucked', out of curiosity what are you hoping to learn?

  2. I'm hoping to find out ways in which he sucked that I didn't already know about. :-)

  3. can't fault that reasoning!

  4. Williams may be conservative in his personal life, but he's as hard core a libertarian as you'll ever meet.

    He's also great fun as a microeconomics lecturer.

  5. You had him as a lecturer! You're a lucky man, man. :-)

  6. The only 'Liberals - the better ones' I can think of is Gary Hart.

    A liberal who cannot get through an entire sentence without mentioning Thomas Jefferson! ha ha!

    Available at the Huffington Post and always worth reading.

  7. Peter, you're right.

    The very first class I took at George Mason was with Williams. My undergrad was at Manitoba, one of the last bastions of old line Keynesianism and Marxism around (seriously). It was heaven.

  8. "I should have one for the better lefty ones too."

    Good luck on that.

    Even Nat Hentoff is a very mixed (mostly bad) bag. Great on free speech (and Jazz commentary, which doesn't count in this context). Bad on just about everything else I've ever seen. He doesn't really count, though, since he hasn't much of an audience these days.

    So-called liberals (really, Progressives, there aren't any liberals still writing that I know of) passed the point of no return 30 years ago.

    But, I'd love to be proved wrong on this.

  9. I just found Camille Paglias' blog. An entertaining writer who I always thought had at least a streak of libertarian attitude. However she is a supporter of The Democrats!. I still enjoy here blog:

  10. Thanks for introducing me to the Skeptical Doctor. I heard Theodore Dalrymple speak when he was in NZ a couple of years ago, he spoke as he writes - well.

  11. While we are discussing your blogroll, why am I in your cheerleader for the government category? I did not vote National and I blog what I cannot stand about what they are doing as much as I blog about the things I like.

    This does not a cheerleader make.

    [Not that I am conservative either]

  12. Are you saying you voted for us, Madeleine? ..are you a closet Libertarian? ;)


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