Blogs to expand your mind

The always delightful Polly Jones nominated me a while back as one of the five blogs that make her think.  I haven’t had a chance to participate in naming the five blogs that make me think yet, so I figured that now was as good a time as any.

There are way more than 5 blogs listed on my blogroll which make me think and which challenge me to better myself everytime I read them.

I’m going to try to not re-nominate some of the blogs who have already been nominated for a thinking blogger award.  So, despite my love of Red Jenny’s blog and Polly Jones’ blog and April Reign’s blog (and they’re all fantastic blogs), I’m going to try to draw my readers’ attention to what are maybe some less popular blogs who are just as worthy of receiving a thinking blogger award as these three popular blogs.

So, my five nominations for a thinking blogger award are:



In my opinion, Doug’s blog is one of the most underrated blogs on the internet and deserves to be read by every progressive and thinking comrade.


Even if you know nothing of Louis Proyect, reading his blog makes you abundantly aware that this is a man who knows what he is talking about better than 99.9% of all bloggers out there.  Truly, a joy to read.


Now Scott’s blog, I believe, is a very popular blog, so it’s entirely likely that it has already been nominated for a thinking blogger award.  But, nevertheless, I first stumbled across his blog through a post he had discussing the Gramscian roots of the popular television series Sesame Street.  As a Gramscian, I couldn’t help but find instant respect for Scott and that respect has stayed ever since then.


While I definitely identify as a Marxist, the truth is that my formal education was painfully wanting in economics and political economics.  So, whenever I find myself drifting towards utopian, purely moral socialism, Relentlessly Progressive Political Economy is one of the sources I rely upon to help put me back in touch with scientific socialism.


Lastly, there’s Greg’s blog Democratic Space.  Never let it be said that I’m a purely partisan who can’t recognize intelligence in non-socialist and non-anarchist comrades.  Greg and I have definitely had our differences and I don’t agree with him on everything he writes, but I can’t deny that he puts an inordinate amount of work into his blog and it is always very well researched and well thought out.  I would recommend it even to other socialists


So, that’s it.  I hope everybody goes and gives each of these fantastic blogs a try.  You’ll be better off having done so.


3 Responses to “Blogs to expand your mind”

  1. 2 V 17 July, 2007 at 7:35 am

    I have been looking for some leftist blogs. Thanks for help!

    In Solidarity,

  2. 3 antisocialist 13 August, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Wake me when you’re through.

    You call these blogs mind expanding? Maybe if we hadn’t heard it all a billion times before.

    At the end of the day, socialism, in any of its multifarious forms, is a tired political philosophy that espouses the eradication of private property in favor of public ownership (i.e. state ownership). In practice, this means that the rights of the individual are subordinate to the group. It doesn’t matter how many tortuous equivocations, different manifestations, or new infestations are put forth – that’s what socialism is. By definition. And that’s what it will always be.

    For a more in-depth explication of all this, see the antisocialist’s post “Rights” as well as parts I and II of his “Response to my environmental critics.”

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