The Liberal Conspiracy

Sunny gets into The Guardian to pump his new website, the Liberal Conspiracy. I\’ll admit, I\’d rather like to get paid £300 to advertise my blog too. But such petty jealousy aside, I\’m afraid that he\’s actually missed a great deal of what\’s in fact going on out here in Blogistan.

All this may so far have had little impact on the wider electorate, but it illustrates that the right is miles ahead in experimenting with the web to engage. And it is more than experimentation: the right is also marching together to shift the political agenda. Conservative bloggers constantly link to each other and promote editorials in publications such as the Spectator and the Telegraph. They are amplified by an online TV station – 18 Doughty Street – and fellow rightwing hacks; they disseminate online ads, videos and Tory views relentlessly. It is a formidable echo machine. And all this despite the enduring paranoia that the right is drowned out by a vast leftwing conspiracy on everything from abortion and climate change to immigration.

If you actually start to look around the political blogs you don\’t in fact see the Tories or the Conservatives predominating. Oh, certainly, places like Conservative Home are very popular, Guido and Iain are too….but then so are The Telegraph, The Mail, out there in meatspace media. As indeed, for the left liberals (ie, those so enamoured of State power that they\’re not actually liberals any more) the Guardian and the Independent (possibly the Mirror as well) are similar to many of the blogs.

If we\’re actually to look at the views which are more influential on blogs than they are in the meatspace media then it isn\’t Tory and it\’s not NuLab, nor left liberal. It\’s the two groups which really aren\’t represented in meatspace at all (or very little, if you prefer). The liberals and the out and out Statists, the socialist/communist wing. For it only makes sense to compare the influence of certain views on blogs to the representation of such views in the regular press.

And that\’s where his analysis fails I think. ConHome or Iain might be popular, but no more so than traditional outlets for such views. As with Sunny\’s. His concern over the propagation of Tory ideas is thus I think misplaced. The real threat from the net comes from those who attack his beliefs from directions the mainstream doesn\’t cover. The truly liberal (libertarian if you prefer) and the truly illiberal (or Socialist if you prefer).

And, of course, if we liberals were in fact allowed to comment upon his site then we\’d make mincemeat of his cosy assumptions. Which is why we\’re not allowed to do the drive by commenting that would embarass him and his mates.

4 comments on “The Liberal Conspiracy

  1. “Conservative bloggers constantly link to each other and promote editorials in publications such as the Spectator and the Telegraph. They are amplified by an online TV station – 18 Doughty Street – and fellow rightwing hacks; they disseminate online ads, videos and Tory views relentlessly. “

    “Wah, wah, wah! The other kids have all the toys I want, wah! Someone get them for me, free, wah, wah!”

    Christ, what a whiny little toad that man is…

    “His concern over the propagation of Tory ideas is thus I think misplaced.”

    No, it’s just typical left-wing thinking: ‘Hmm, my ideas are not popular with the people – there must be something wrong with the people… ‘ 🙂

  2. The comment policy is nothing more than “if Sunny agrees with it then it is okay”.

    He has already tried to define being critical of immigration and global warming as non-liberal.

    His “throwing down the gauntlet” is misnamed, you throw down the gauntlet in front of you at the feet of your enemies, not behind you in the middle of your own camp.

  3. Well, I suppose being critical of immigration is non-liberal: if “liberal” means “letting people do what they want with a minimum of government interference” then not letting people into your country must rate pretty highly on the “not liberal” list. But I agree it’s inconsistent to then insist that doubting we should coerce people into the green agenda is not liberal.

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