Saturday, April 11, 2009

Top 100 Libertarian Website List Revised


Last month, when I published a list of Top 100 Libertarian Blogs and Websites, I wrote: "This list will be subject to revision from time to time, and I will announce any revisions in an update on this blog. The best way to stay up to date is to subscribe."

Here's your update- As I continued to do research, receive e-mails, and take comments, I decided to make a couple revisions. I removed "the Glenns" (Glenn Beck and Glenn Reynolds) and the Birch Society, replacing them with more thorough-going libertarian bloggers like Megan McArdle and Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute. Thanks for all your feedback.

Also, I noticed that one blogger on the list (Thomas at Light of Liberty) had made a badge for his sidebar. If you made the list and would like to include a badge on your sidebar (or if you simply want to promote the list), you can use the graphic below. Thanks for the idea, Thomas.

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If you aren't very web-savvy, you can simply copy and paste this code into the correct place on your web page:

13 comments:

Greg said...

I forgot to mention it, but I did wonder about the Birch Society.

Thanks for the badge, I'll wear it proudly!

W. E. Messamore said...

I feel like they get a lot of totally undeserved scorn and I suspect it has something to do with the sustained smear campaign against them from crypto-communists in the Democrat camp.

They do support limited government, individual liberty, and Constitutional principles. I ended up removing them from the list because there are some better websites for libertarians that deserved a nod, like Will Wilkinson's (of Cato) blog.

Josh said...

Love the badge. I'll definitely be using it.

Thanks.

TennZen said...

Cool - a badge! I'll wear it with pride!

W. E. Messamore said...

Thanks Josh and TZ. Keep the great content flowing!

Dee said...

Good stuff...sites that promote legislating morality (making consensual, mutually beneficial acts illegal) don't make my cut.

Thanks to your list, I found a great publication entitled "Common Ground Between the Philosophies of Christianity and Libertarianism" (http://www.acton.org/publications/mandm/mandm_article_65.php).

I love the Cato Institute; our group's site (http://www.beavercreeklibertygroup.org) often refers to Cato and Reason articles.

indigomyth said...

Some good choices. However, I do not think the Acton Institute qualifies as libertarian. For example, they employ Dr. Jennifer Roback, who opposes same-sex marriage, and is the author of 'Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family doesn't work'. She is alse the President and Founder of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage.

Their blog also hosts priests that signed the Manhatten Declaration, which seeks to restrict the liberty of those people that want to celebrate same-sex marriage. They use the excuse of 'protecting human diginity and virtue' - I would submit that it is profoundly illiberal for the state to try and make or even encourage people to be dignified or 'virtuous', and I am very sceptical of any organisation that claims to be libertarian, and yet wants the state (though things like marriage) to promote human dignity and virtue. Whose version of dignity and virtue?!

I also find it amusing that in their very first 'Principle', you find no mention of either liberty or freedom.

I would also note that it believes that 'the reality of sin makes the state necessary to restrain evil.'

They also note that
//Liberty flourishes in a society supported by a moral culture that embraces the truth about the transcendent origin and destiny of the human person.//

I am an atheist, and do not require a belief in the transcendent to be libertarian.

Oh, and this little nugget of wisdom:

'These social institutions are neither created by nor derive their legitimacy from the state. The state must respect their autonomy and provide the support necessary to ensure the free and orderly operation of all social institutions in their respective spheres.'

'provide the necessary support'!

Come on, if this was an Institute proclaiming that the rail industry needed State support, there is no way you would have included it! So why when it is a social organisation?

At best, the Action Institute is economically libertarian (though I am also sceptical about that), and is certainly socially authoritarian.

W. E. Messamore said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will be sure to research it further and make changes (or not) as I think necessary. I do acknowledge however, that I have legitimate disagreements with many websites on this list.

Anonymous said...

put birch society back

and radgeek.com

W. E. Messamore said...

In its most recent revision, the list does not include the JBS. It will be considered in future revisions. Would you happen to know their position on the Iraq / Afghanistan wars?

Anonymous said...

Have you libertarians ever found that your belief systems are an excellent medium for the pursuits of successful sociopaths. In the wake of the bush administration and the banking crisis I saw slot of evidence of conscienceless manipulators spouting the tenets of freedom and individual rights consequences be damned. Without strong moral frameworks the 5 percent of the population that score high on the scale of antisocial personality disorder will have clear sailing.

W. E. Messamore said...

Actually- it's when you consolidate so much unchecked power in the hands of so few people, as we have done in a quite unlibertarian fashion, that those sociopaths you refer to have clear sailing. They're the ones attracted to all that power and the ones who end up wielding it.

Jack said...

I would add StreamingLiberty.com to the list. It's stated purpose is to:

1) distill the attributes of Individual Liberty,
2) compare them with the attributes of Collective Tyranny and
3) identify the attributes of each in day-to-day events"

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