equalvalue-deactivated20140208 asked:

yours is definitely the most interesting and engaging blog i read online. this makes me wonder, what blogs or sites do you follow?

I welcome criticism but flattery is even better! Thank you. Outside of tumblr:

People I generally agree with: I think Matthew Yglesias is the most talented blogger in the progressive blogosphere. Ezra Klein, Crooked Timber, Kevin Drum, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Krugman, and Brad DeLong (economics), Dana Goldstein (education policy), occasionally Feministe

People to the left of me: Glenn Greenwald is always sure to remind me of the Obama administration’s shortcomings on civil liberties.

The Right/Libertarian Opposition: Will Wilkinson is my favorite libertarian to argue against. Megan McCardle (finance, economics) Marginal Revolution (ditto), Ross DouthatConor Friedersdorf, Volokh Conspiracy (legal)

 Unaffiliated: The Monkey Cage is the best site for political science, as opposed to politics. Dave Weigel has fair coverage of the right.

Foreign Policy: Foreign Policy.

I try to keep a balanced blog diet. Part of this is to ward off epistemic closure, part of it is strategic:

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

I’m fortunate to be able to check my RSS feed at work and keep up with at least some of these writers, but I’m not sure being constantly connected to the internet hivemind is for the best. Books are more efficient in some ways. You get the distilled knowledge of the author, knowledge she might have spent years gathering, refining, and analyzing, in a neat little package. I’ve been trying to read less news/blogs and more books

Thanks for your question. I’d love to hear from anyone who thinks I’m missing something important in my blog reading.

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