Dr. Edgeworth Boks says we should spice up this blog. We must change our ways. We have been far too balanced, politically, he says. After all, we've criticized Bush and Krugman, O'Neill and Stiglitz. Which team are we playing for? he asked me. We need to brand ourselves, he says. The only way to become a popular blog is to write posts that bristle with partisan rage. Foam at the mouth, he says. We must be crusaders for righteousness, says Edgie, must shine a brilliant light on the heinous crimes, disceptions, and overall malevolence and bad fashion sense of the opposing party.
But which party is the opposing party?
Alas, poor Edgeworth hasn't decided yet. Some mornings, he likes the idea of becoming a wild-eyed Bush-basher, sputtering, blind with hatred, spreading half-truths with whole-hearted viciousness (like his idol, Krugman). On other days, he relishes the image of himself as a hate-mongering rightwinger, abusive, shallow, narrow-minded, and colder than dry ice. Ann Coulter with short hair and an academic pedigree. (Edgie has a secret crush on her). The books of the raving partisans are selling like hotcakes, he says. They're on to something. We should do it, too.
He just can't decide which ideology to adopt. He's drawn up the mathematics of the optimization problem, but found zero derivative in two places. He's positively distraught.
So Edgeworth is asking you, dear readers, to help him decide which set of convictions to adopt. He needs something to believe in, and believe in passionately. Please vote, he says, to tell him what beliefs you would like for him to express. If you tell him what to feel and believe, he'll do his best to attack the other side and call them scoundrels. Email with your vote. It's your civic duty.
(As for myself, I will continue to blog them as I see them, and leave the duplicity and double-standards to the pros).