Monday, November 30, 2009

Top 100 Libertarian Blogs and Websites List Revised Again

It has taken me two months of scouring the Internet off-and-on, waiting for more submissions, thinking, and over-thinking, but finally I have a result that I am quite happy to announce as the third incarnation of The Top 100 Libertarian Blogs and Websites List. Cato tops the list this time!

Do visit the link and check it out. I have added a whole lot of new libertarian blogs and websites (which does mean sadly, I have had to remove some). There were several glaring oversights and I am very happy to have rectified them.

I have also elected to start advertising on the top 100 page because it is the very first result on Google for the search term "libertarian websites" so libertarian advertisers might want to tap into that highly-targeted, very warm market to promote their websites. Visit here for details.

Please don't feel bad if yours didn't get included or got bumped from the list. No slight is intended. Use it as motivation to make your libertarian blog or website even better (and consider getting some professional help from a political blogging expert). This list is never final or set in stone (as evidenced by this second revision in one year).

I just want to make the list as helpful and comprehensive as possible, and my criteria and methodology are admittedly unscientific.

1 comment:

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.

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