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Thursday April 23 2009

Yes, I thought I might have a go at this.  Some libertarian blogger or other, whose call sign, though well known to me, has slipped from my mind, commenting on something I wrote recently, somewhere, said something along the lines of: “There are lots of libertarian bloogers out there.  Lots of us.” Well, how many?  To put it another way, how well is the libertarian movement in Britain actually doing?  This is surely one good way to measure it.

My point is not to assess quality, or to wonder whether I personally like them or will want to read them every day or every other day.  (This will not, in other words, be the libertarian bit of my personal blogroll.) Nor do I intend to fret about readership numbers.  Just how many libertarian bloggers there are out there? Who are they?

Inevitably there will be border issues.  Is blogger X a libertarian, or too much of a Lib Dem supporter, rather too willing to back the LDs even when they aren’t being libertarian?  (He has that perfect right, of course, but does that mean I should strike him from this list?) Is blogger Y really an American blogger, despite having been born here?  Does blogger P earn a place on the list, given that he last posted six months ago?  Does blogger Q blog a lot, but only very rarely about libertarian issues or the fact that she’s a libertarian?  And inevitably, if I keep at this, the question will arise of exactly what a libertarian is.  (Some may argue that, on foreign policy grounds, Samizdata is a bit iffy.) This will, in short, be a personal list by me, however impersonal I try to make it.

Maybe the answer is to have a core list of definites, and then various other lists of people who, for this or that reason, may or may not merit inclusion.

Quite soon, I need to know if anyone else has done this.  If they have and I like what they’ve done, I will stop bothering. But the only way to find out about a scheme like this, if you don’t know about it already, is to start doing it anyway.

What I now have in mind to do is shove in list towards the end of this posting, and as and when I revise this list, do another posting, copying, pasting and adding to the original list, adding whatever commentary seems appropriate at the time.  This means that the blogging idea of postings going up, and then when finished staying up, warts and all, will not be violated.

This first list is simply my blogroll, severely culled of all non-libertarians.  Just for now, I’ll follow an “if in doubt leave it out” rule.  I wonder how many that comes to.  Here we go:

AngloAustria
Bishop Hill
Blognor Regis
Brian Micklethwait
Burning Our Money
Counting Cats in Zanzibar
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Devil’s Kitchen
Douglas Carswell Blog (yes I reckon he counts – even though he is a Conservative MP)
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The Adam Smith Institute Blog
The Welfare State We’re In
Tim Worstall
UK Libertarian Party

There must be several wrong inclusions and wrong exclusions just in that severely culled version of my blogroll.  But, with apologies for all those wanting to be in, or out, it’s a start.  I hope that, any week now, this list may start being of actual use.  If for some reason you want to copy it, feel free.

It goes without saying, as people say when they really want to say something, and who in fact plan to to say it several times, that links to further libertarian bloggers to add to this list would be extremely welcome.