William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 26, September, 2008

In Which I Notice Something

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 11:58

I’m getting tired of politics.  I used to like SCIENCEBLOGS.COM.  I tried to get this blog on to scienceblogs.com.  Tara Smith and Orac are really impressive explainers and science writers, I’d like to be as good as they.  But lately, I find that Scienceblogs is turning into Politicsblogs.  And if I wanted politics, I’d have turned on my TV sometime in the past three months.  Which I haven’t but I digress.

However, I have been exposed to enough political comments to start doing a slow burn.  I realize I’m opening up a can of worms here: and there it is.  I don’t see myself as being bound by one party or the other.  I try to look at the issues, policies, and capabilities.  When I was younger, I was a staunch liberal.  Very far left.  Now, I suppose I fall into more of a libertarian bent.  I believe in personal responsibility, leaving other people alone, small government, taxes as low as you can get away with, regulation enough to keep larger entities from taking advantage of the weak and small.

I may not agree with you.  I don’t agree policially perfectly with anyone.  The tone taken by Ed Brayton, P.Z. Meyers, and the other Science blog commentators, is starting to get up my nose.  There’s a condescending tone, in that not only are people who disagree with them wrong, they are evil, in that they must percieve the truth, hold the same values as the writer, and then deliberately do things differently to thwart them.

David Frum said it better in his article in The Week.  Key graf:

Maybe I am unfair here, but to an outsider it seems that Democrats see these quadrennial presidential contests not as trials between two parties with the voters deciding, but as trials of the voters! Are the voters good enough, decent enough, unprejudiced enough to vote Democratic? Or will they succumb to their lower natures and vote Republican?

Stingray and LabRat have commented on this better than I can on their blog, HERE, for most of this month.


  1. Interesting that we both end up mentioning libertarian ideas on the same day.

    But I’m not sure it’s possible to avoid ‘trials of voters’ around election times. In earlier days, it might have been an issue of religious conversion, or — in one book I’d love to find again, just for proof it existed — the claim that as northern Europeans took Latin America in hand, the civilizing northern blood and culture would reshape the unruly masses of brown folks down yonder. People who feel passionately about an issue are going to want other reasonable people to agree with them. Too often folks forget that reasonable people _can_ come to opposing conclusions.

    Comment by rethoryke — Friday, 26, September, 2008 @ 14:24 | Reply

  2. Good post William- Too many “well educated” types seem to come out of the woodwork every four years and tell the “rest” of us how dumb we are because we can’t understand why they are always right… Kinda like the mess on Wall St. Supposedly the CEOs knew better, but greed got in the way. Libertarianism is looking pretty good right now, or emigrating to Australia… one or the other 🙂

    Comment by Old NFO — Friday, 26, September, 2008 @ 16:16 | Reply

  3. Please don’t give up on SB just yet … there’s still a lot of quality stuff there, if one ignores a few pedantic political blogs. Hopefully, they will eventually offer a screen-in/screen-out feature for their main page. How does one get onto SB? If you still want to be there, I would definitely vote for you (if voting is what does it). Your pathology-focused posts are excellent- as good as Tara and Orac- and you would add a new and interesting perspective to SB.

    Comment by pelican — Saturday, 27, September, 2008 @ 22:09 | Reply

  4. PalMD has been a nice addition to the Denialism blog on SB. Since he is on vacation he is posting some of his older stuff on SB, like the ones that take on Gary Null and Mercola.

    If all else fails, there is this new blog: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/

    Comment by HCN — Sunday, 28, September, 2008 @ 11:33 | Reply

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