Now that I have a blog, I decided to look around and see what was out there. It’s not a random collection of views. So far as I can tell, most of the prominent blogs (vpostrel.com, andrewsullivan.com, The Instapundit) are libertarian or at least have sympathies in that direction—fiscally conservative, less government regulation, socially liberal.
Why is that? I suppose in part it’s the general tendency of net political discussions toward libertarianism. On the internet people who like technology and the idea of spontaneous order have always led the way. Also, libertarianism has a wonderful way of giving provocative and very clear answers instantly to almost any question. A traditionalist or even Marxist instapundit is almost unimaginable. The web is a setting in which stimulating brightly colored fragments that can be taken in immediately without reference to context are at a premium. Hence what we see.