Antoine Clarke comments constructively on the Libertarian Alliance Blog


David Davis

Antoine, when you post, please could you kindly put your name, in blue italc type at or near the top of each post? Then everyone out there (who does not know us, and sadly that is still most people on the planet) will know who you are.

In the LA as we know, Chris Tame always said that a project belongs to him who does most to run it. I am fortunate to have been asked to run the blog, which had beet started before I came to it, and we are now read by an annualised (Peter Marsh’s  (of ABM) words not mine!) 180,000-odd people a year.

I do not care if Milton Friedman videos are 20 years old. I may well have seen these for the first time: how can one know? Anyway, things get old and stick around because they are good. Furthermore, I have not time to make new ones, and he, Friedman, will now find it hard to get to the appointment.

Two-and-a-quarter years ago, I did not know what blogging was. I had to be told by Sean. But soon I looked at a couple of liberal/libertarian/”right wing” blogs. I found that the popular ones were talking outwards to new people who had not really heard either of libertarianism (or even knew what liberalism really meant) or had not really got politicised.

Kelley Hazell (and refs to “bras”) are there on purpose. Can’t think why I didn’t do it before. (Don’t worry, she won’t be able to appear every day…) I want to get this blog’s teeth ibto the trousers of people who may well be supportive of liberal ideas but do not know why. Yep, even “Sun” readers. Of the Dead Tree Press, the Sun still has a circulation approaching 2 million. I don’t know what some libertarian blogs get, but it’s probably less than that. I know Samizdata gets several thousand a day, for which I also aim: Samizdata reads “rougher” than you think, Antoine! That is why it is popular.

If people start to think Kelley Hazell is getting boring, or if she marries a nice sensible plasterer and settles down to have “kids”, I may get someone else. I’ll have to see which one next airs her climate-change views on Sky news or wherever.

For too long, libertarian blogs hgave been talking to themselves and each other, while the Enemy Class strides on and our back is turned. If we don’t alert thousand, and thousands, and millions, of “ordinary” people to the issues soon, we might as well sit in each other’s lounges having meetings about philosophy.

I will have more to say later after I have been to work. Meanwhile, my Youtube research officer will find another old (but good) Friedman video for you all.

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6 responses to “Antoine Clarke comments constructively on the Libertarian Alliance Blog

  1. David,
    when you stop screwing up the template so that the author’s name does not appear, I won’t have to do as you ask.

    I didn’t realise that this is probably the only group blog to NOT have an automatic display of authors.

    Thank you for pointing out another problem with this blog that needs changing.

  2. Is it too much trouble just to type your name, and then format it as I wanted?

    Are you that busy?

  3. Everyone else does.

  4. And…

    …you might not want your name to go on automatically. I leave you the choice.

    Had you thought of that?

    I’ve put your by-line on in red, in both posts if the past 30 hours. If you’d rather I took it off, then as per the upper comment, I will.

  5. David,

    The Tame Principle continues to apply. I think you do a very good job of running this blog. Certainly, you have my fullest confidence.

    Sean

  6. Thank you Sean! I’m also sure that you or Tim would advise me, if you thought I could do certain things better.

    I may try ot take on board some of Antoine’s comments anyway, if I can work out how to use his “new media”….