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While searching for an old link about Saudi oil reserves I stumbled upon this:
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Jérôme, DeAnander and several others have opened "The European Tribune".
by generic on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 09:09:39 AM EST
Ah, jeez, I always sigh when I read that early stuff. All those great commenters whose voices have been silenced as they've gone on to have real lives. As was Billmon's himself.

Those days seem impossibly remote and ...optimistic. We really thought we were creating a new world, a better one. I'm sure people look back at us and laugh in the way punks derided hippies (for good reason; the naivety is painful).

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 03:29:04 PM EST
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people look back at us

They do?

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 09:52:59 AM EST
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that initial burst of political activity that started in the US through Atrios, Billmon and then dKos and suddenly mushroomed.

There used to be 100s of sites all offering their own take on US politics. But they quickly went dark through a Darwinian process of elevating the better run sites.

It's not hard to see similar processes occur in both UK Tory politics from 20010 and then again with Labour from 2016.

But each cycle learns from previous ones that naive optimism looks silly in hindsight

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 05:07:09 PM EST
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I was there :)

The blogosphere has changed significantly also due to the effects of social media and a broader public participating in the "debate".  I followed Martin Longman from dKos to Booman Tribune and an early entry to ET. The close-knit community of the Pond has evaporated in time, in part due to the Iraq War but certainly the hostility came about during the 2016 Democratic primary and the promotion of a wrong candidate who had little to offer the American voters.

As my primary interest is US foreign policy, especially due to the 9/11 attacks and the poor reaction of the Bush/Cheney administration to go into Afghanistan and later into Iraq without a goal and end game. The calculated policy to punish Saddam and create chaos in the Middle East has continued under Obama and Trump. NATO has lost it's purpose as a defence pact of nations.

The US conservatives and the British Tory party have succeeded to undermine democratic principles, planet ecology and continued to wreck the environment to meet demands of their capitalist partners to maximize profits. Will inequality lead to a necessary social revolution?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 06:37:10 PM EST
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A lot of people made the mistake of assuming they were living in a liberal democracy, and voting according to liberal principles would make a difference.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2018 at 12:10:34 PM EST
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Then Twitter happened.
by asdf on Thu Sep 20th, 2018 at 11:55:35 PM EST
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