In response to a request via facebook, I’ve compiled a short list of blogs that I read regularly. My basic stance on media consumption is that people should read sources that resonate with them, but should also actively seek divergent viewpoints. I disagree with a lot of what I read on these sites, but the writers are all brilliant, and they almost always present interesting, well-defended, and honest arguments.
- Marginal Revolution, RSS feed: George Mason University economist on politics, economics, travel and other interesting things.
- Matt Yglesias, RSS feed: Interesting blend of liberal activism, neo-liberalism, and some fairly unique policy ideas.
- Ross Douthat, RSS feed: Intellectually honest and quite conservative.
- Overcoming Bias, RSS feed: Another GMU economist, proposes fairly crazy theories merging economics, science, philosophy and future-gazing, and then defends them very convincingly.
- The American Scene, RSS feed: Group blog of conservative, mostly young writers on culture and politics.
If you lean conservative and thus want more left-leaning analysis, I like Ezra Klein (RSS) and Nicholas Kristof (RSS); if you’re a liberal and want more right-leaning analysis, I’d try Daniel Larison (RSS) and Conor Fridersdorf (RSS). Will Wilkinson (RSS) and EconLog (RSS) have pretty solid analysis from, respectively, left-libertarian and right-libertarian perspectives. Please submit any further suggestions in the comments; I’m always looking for new sources of content.