August 27, 2007
By Kathy G.
Blogging here for the past week has been a blast -- I'm going to miss it. For some reason I got my dates confused and thought I would be doing this for a few more days, so I never did get around to posts I'd planned about mine safety, the economics of unions in theory and practice, and Arthur Miller and his Down syndrome son. (All I will say here as to that latter subject is that I strongly recommend you read the stunning article about it in the current issue of Vanity Fair. It will break your heart, but in a completely unexpected way it's inspiring too, because oddly enough it does have a happy ending of a sort). Oh well . . .
Thanks to all of Ezra's readers and commenters for sparking such great discussions and for keeping me on my toes, and a special heartfelt thanks to Ezra for inviting me to do this. I had no idea this blogging thing could be so much fun (or so scarily addictive)!
Finally, I didn't want to leave without saying how sad I am that Max Sawicky is ending his wonderful blog, Maxspeak. Since its inception, Maxspeak has been one of the three or four indispensable blogs for me. I was considering doing my own follow-up post to Ezra's earlier one about five blogs that make me think, and if I had, Maxspeak would have topped the list. Here's what I've loved about Maxspeak:
1. I've admired the way Max brought economic logic to bear on a host of public policy questions, yet never succumbed to the extremely conservative politics and pinched, distorted moral vision that, alas, plagues so many professional economists.
2. I appreciate Max's politics, which unlike so much of blogosphere I inhabit are not merely liberal but left. That has made for some important and salutary differences. Max has always been much more critical and distrustful of the U.S. foreign policy establishment than most liberal bloggers, and man oh man has time proven him right about that. The very interesting and potentially extremely productive conversation that's occurring in the liberal blogosphere these days about the foreign policy community owes a lot to him, I think.
It's true that Max sometimes likes to piss all over the netroots in general, and Kos in particular, but although I'm a lot more optimistic about the netroots than he is, I always welcomed his skepticism. I agree with him that there's a danger of the netroots becoming too much of a cheerleader for the Democratic Party, and that netroots-ers put too much of an emphasis on winning and tactical sophistication, and not enough on developing a coherent and compelling political vision.
3. I admire Max's prose style. The man says a whole lot using few words. I wish my own writing had that kind of pith and punch.
Max hasn't yet spelled out the details about why he's abandoning the blog, but it sounds as if he's entering a new employment situation that precludes him from blogging. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and I hope he'll consider a return to the blogosphere at some future date. Viva Maxspeak!
Very much agreed about the value of Max' work; it's been a constant, often useful goad to me to check my own assumptions, and a great education.
Posted by: Bruce Baugh | Aug 27, 2007 4:57:15 AM
Hey, is Ezra going to be back in the game on Monday? I understood his email as saying that that was part of the vacation. I guess I'll know soon enough...
Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Aug 27, 2007 5:33:56 AM
I think Ezra is supposed to be back today (Monday). Neil, if you look at the list of posts on typepad, you'll see that he's got some in the hopper for today. They're not accessible but you can see what the titles are. I'm under the blogger code of omerta so I won't reveal them here, but they look great!
Posted by: Kathy G. | Aug 27, 2007 6:44:44 AM
Yes, Kathy. Oh yes.
Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Aug 27, 2007 7:05:29 AM
I'm going to miss your voice here. Where can I follow you?
Posted by: aimai | Aug 27, 2007 8:25:17 AM
What aimai said...where you gonna be, Kathy G?
Thank you for everything you've written.
Posted by: litbrit | Aug 27, 2007 8:57:59 AM
Posted by: Miracle Max | Aug 27, 2007 9:03:47 AM
Thank you all for your kind words about my blogging. Yes, I will probably start my own blog in about a month or so. It would be pretty much me doing what I did here, with my brother as co-blogger or guest blogger. He's an immigration lawyer and would be blogging mainly about immigration issues.
I'll ask Ezra to give it a plug once it's up. But first I have some other business to take care of. I'm a Ph.D. student and there's a paper I need to revise (it's the last step before moving on to the dissertation). But once I'm done with that I should be ready to roll.
Posted by: Kathy G. | Aug 27, 2007 10:20:07 AM
Kathy, I trust you won't leave here completely, that you'll continue to post your pithy comments. Almost to the dissertation--you're almost half-done with your education! Good luck.
By the way, tell your brother that the immigration lawyers really fell down on the immigration bill--too tepid, hesitant, while the Right was screaming at full volume. I don't think there will be another realistic shot at a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants for a long time, that the focus will now move to enforcement alone. I blame your brother (and his colleagues)!
Posted by: Sanpete | Aug 27, 2007 11:40:36 AM
Best wishes on your dissertation.
Do consider some advice of sorts from Max, NOT STARTING A BLOG UNTIL IT'S DONE!
Posted by: anon | Aug 27, 2007 1:20:32 PM
I am sorry you felt you had to write that I was a troll, merely because I dissent with one of your heroes and will express myself.
May you find the world you seek that has no need of dissent, and no need of anyway to express dissent honestly.
Or come to understand that heroes are usually vastly overrated, and often very flawed,
Or maybe grow up a little bit and realize that not everyone is as privileged as you
Nevertheless, best wishes,
Posted by: anon | Aug 27, 2007 1:24:57 PM
I hope you do start a blog, soon. You're just great at it!
Please invite Kathy G back again! And link to her blog once it exists!
Posted by: Stephen Frug | Aug 27, 2007 2:49:59 PM
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