Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A pleasant surprise

I found out this morning that one of my posts, Why I am not a conservative, had been selected for the series being published over January by the e-magazine On Line Opinion of the best blog posts of 2007.

There are some very good posts in the series, so I feel flattered to be included.

My thanks to Neil for his congratulations. The selected post was in fact written in response to a comment from Neil. So Neil and, more broadly, all those in our little immediate blogging world who interest and stimulate me deserve a share of the credit.

A few days ago I was trying to explain to someone why blogging was so important to me at a personal and professional level.

It allows me, even forces me, to think, research and write in a way that exposes my views to criticism and discussion. My views change as a consequence.

One nice feature of the re-publication of the post is that it drew a comment from Don Aitkin.

I think of Don as an integral part of the New England tradition, the intellectual stream to which I belong. His writings from his original theses through books like the Colonel and the NSW Country Party to What was it all for? published in 2005 have always informed my thinking.

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