Sunday, May 22, 2005

We are Family

In case the plethora of blogging groups out there wasn't already enough, I've joined up with two new groups:

Liblogs: For the minority of bloggers who represent the majority of Canadians.

Alberta Blogs: Sure, it's the richest province, but there's always something to complain about in Alberta...Regardless of your political stripes.

Stay tuned for the "Capricorn Lactose-intolerant Bloggers" and "Red Haired Rona Ambrose Fans" blogs, coming soon.


  • When the Progressive Bloggers popped up I predicted we'd see "Bloggers for the Humane Treatment of Coffee" within 24 hours.

    Sadly, I was mistaken.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 6:57 p.m.  

  • It appears that the Progressive Blogger group believes that no Tories can be progressive.

    That's unfortunate.

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 7:03 p.m.  

  • I consider myself a progressive tory......

    By Blogger Bemused, at 8:09 p.m.  

  • Toronto Tory:

    I'm not sure what you base that statement on. As far as I know.. the only "Tory" that's applied for membership is Peter Rempalia of RempaliaPrime, and his claims to be a "Red Tory" or a progressive thinker didnt hold up to scrutiny as far as I was concerned.. and obviously our admistrators at the site agreed with my view (though I had no input in that decision - as Wayne Chu or CalGrit will attest to).

    If there are other Tories out there that believe thay are "progressive" and want to be identified as a progressive blogger... they are free to apply for membership... but they are of course going to be closely scrutinized and investigated as to what their public views were/are on certain issues.

    Agreeing with the majority of the "Who We Are" Statement at our site would give you a good jump on gaining membership however, (in my opinion of course.. I'm sure CalgaryGrit or Wayne could enlighten you further, since they are the de facto admins of the place).

    By Anonymous Scott Tribe, at 9:35 p.m.  

  • As for Andrew... if you're inferring our group is a fringe group, I can proudly say the Progressive Bloggers member and affiliate blogs has grown to 60 affiliate blogs in less then 3 weeks... so we're not a fringe group by any means... and we're starting to get some attention - Antonia Zerbasias made note of our group at her Toronto Star blog.. and we've been noticed by a couple of others... so we arent going to disappear or go away.

    By Anonymous Scott Tribe, at 9:41 p.m.  

  • Reasonable Tory:

    If you think that you're a "progressive", I'd more then welcome you applying to the group. We do like contrarian views over there, despite what some say. (Peter Rempalia, despite complaining about not gaining membership, has still posted several diaries there, and no attempts were made to censor him or ban him, despite heavy disagreement with what he had to say).

    By Anonymous Scott Tribe, at 9:43 p.m.  

  • Yeah, Tories can join the progressive bloggers - they just have to be progressive blogs. All the blogs which apply are looked at closely.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:04 p.m.  

  • "For the minority of bloggers who represent the majority of Canadians."

    Not to make too fine a point of it but wouldn't Liberal party bloggers represent 36.71% of Canadians?

    By Blogger Psychols, at 2:49 p.m.  

  • Last time I checked 'progressive' was annother word for socialist, just like 'traveller' is a code word they use when they meet to identify each other.

    You can't be a progressive and be a true conservative. It is like oil and water mixing.

    By Blogger Walsh Writes, at 7:00 p.m.  

  • There was a Progressive Conservative Party for 60 years, Brian. Were you all socialist conservatives during that time period?

    But if you want a definition of Progressivism, here is a proper one:
    Central to progressivism is a faith that educated and civilized individuals can, through the use of reason, determine what is best for society as a whole. Persuasion, discussion, and rational dialogue can lead individuals of different views to see what is in the public interest. Government and public participation must therefore be structured so as to produce rational deliberation and consensus about important public policy issues. Popular culture and popular will have a role to play in this process, but only after sufficient education and only after their more passionate elements have been diverted and diffused. Popular anger and uneducated public sentiments are more likely to lead to hasty and irrational judgments.
    Like populists, progressives believe that governments must be freed of corrupting influences. But these corrupting influences are described quite differently: They include narrowness of vision, ignorance, and parochial self-interest. Government must be freed of corruption so that it can wisely debate what is truly in the public interest. Progressivism is less concerned than populism about centralization and concentration of power. It recognizes that some problems require centralized authority and that some enterprises benefit from economies of scale. Progressivism also has a significantly different attitude towards expertise: Far from being something to be distrusted, it is something to be particularly prized.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 8:29 p.m.  

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