I’ve had about a week as a #Politics editor for Tumblr, and I have few requests:
1. Libertarian posts that engage the complexities of libertarian ideology as translated into political practice.
Most of the libertarian posts that come up on my dashboard are little more than ideological screeds. They begin from “libertarianism is the answer to all issues of human freedom” and end with “everything else is a step on the path to totalitarianism.”
Aside from the fact that the argument is just silly—that things can go a way doesn’t mean they will or must—the main problem I have with these posts is that they seem cut out of time. They seem utterly unaware of or indifferent to the causes of the rise of the welfare state, the profound limitations on “free markets” when transparency does not and cannot exist, etc. Inflation existed BEFORE the US and the rest of the world went off the gold standard after all, and there were labor wars in this country and around the industrialized world that included the assassination of a US President (McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist/labor activist). I would love to see some libertarian posts that addressed complexities such as these and then explained how, in a real world way, libertarian policies offer better alternatives to liberal or conservative ones.
2. Actual conservative posts, particularly ones that say something other than “Obama sucks.”
Perhaps it is my own lack of search ability in Tumblr, or perhaps it is the fact that blogging platforms seem disproportionately havens for younger, liberal/libertarian oriented people, but I have struggled to find posts expressing thoughtful, considered conservative alternatives to various policies and problems.
3. And to the Tumblr staff:
When I highlight a post, I am often interested in the commentary associated with it that was added by a reblogger—particularly when the commentary offers needed corrections, new information, or just an alternative perspective on the issue at hand. All that goes away if I highlight the post in the #Politics tag. Which is annoying.
Is this so much to ask? Say something new, interesting, incisive and thoughtful and I will be happy to promote your piece—even if I don’t agree with it. If you don’t post the content, I can’t highlight it in the #Politics tag.