I’ve been reading Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish since it was part of The Atlantic magazine – it is now independent and supported by subscribers so there is no advertising on the site. Two noted guest writers are contributing this week. One, the environmental activist and writer BVill McKibben, writes
Climate change is no longer a future threat—it’s the single most distinctive fact about our time on earth
The other, Ann Helpern from The New York Review Of Books and McKibben’s wife, writes
Over those same years, though, I’ve found that my “belief” in politics, has diminished. If, before, I thought that electoral politics mattered—and I did; I was the one going door-to-door in swing states—now I have a hard time holding on to that belief. If I thought that government, our government, because it is of and by and for the people—that is, because it is us—existed to make our lives together more tenable, well, let’s just say that with my tax dollars going to support Gitmo, the militarization of the police, subsidies to oil companies, and on and on, I’ve become much more cynical. Wouldn’t it be nice if, when we paid our taxes we could tell the government where we wanted our money to go—to the National Parks, say, and not to those oil companies—but of course that’s not the nature of democracy.
Andrew Sullivan is a conservative, but not of the type that has driven the Republican Party so far to the right. If he is a conservative then I must be, in part, a conservative, although I like to think of myself as a progressive libertarian. I agree with libertarian views on individual rights, but their believe in free market economics is wrong. The freest markets exist when government at least attempts to ensure a fair and safe market. Regulated capitalism is the route to the greatest freedom as long as the regulations aren’t devised or implemented to benefit big business at the expense of individuals and the country at large.
Whatever your political persuasion, check out The Dish. It is information and fun.