In looking through the list of Blogs on Instapundit over the long weekend, I was tempted to trudge through them all and see what there was to be seen in the world of indepenent thought. Boy was I a big dummy. First, maybe its an Instapundit thing, but there’s an overabundance of libertarian thought amongst bloggers. Not that I think they’re all nuts, not that I think they should be smited, just that they appear to be overrepresented. To me, that’s an internet thing. Many internet dweebs, myself included, want everything free imaginable. Information … free. Thought … free. Books on … also free.

Secondly, I noticed a lot more stridency among bloggers who wish to proclaim themselves “Friends of Israel,” “Warbloggers,” or otherwise. It runs across the spectrum of political thought, so I’m not singling out any one side of the spectrum. But what the hell happened to open and honest thought? Where’s the open mind if you proclaim yourself an advocate of one side or another. Yes, I do believe that its important to be able to pick sides … I obviously do in various posts below. And I’m sure there are those who may consider this a “liberal” blog. To each their own. Just don’t come running to be with questions when I confound you with an occassional thought that strays from the percieved liberal orthodoxy … because I will. That’s at least how I envision being an independent thinker. I don’t claim to be the best, I know I’m not the most eloquent or thoughtful, but I give it my best shot.

Anyway, at present, I’m though Lawrence Lessig on IP’s list … I don’t know if I can handle any more. We’ll see. I’ll also post a few of the other blogs that catch my interest. Right off the bat, I was impressed with the original content in It was really enlightening to read another cultural perspective and get a little more insight into some of the rivalries/animosities that exist in the region.