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Should we mourn the decline of British libertarian blogs? | Steven Baxter | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

"It all gets a bit Groundhog Day-ish; when you start to scour the news websites with not a clue what to post about, but with a conviction that you must, must write something, you know things aren't quite right."

And there's certainly something in that. If you're not careful, blogging can end up eroding your free time to the point where you can't switch off, having a deleterious effect on your relationships and real life. But there's more to it than that, I suspect. Without New Labour providing regular cannon fodder to stoke up the libertarian mindset, I daresay it's harder to get worked up with the coalition promising a smaller state and clamping down on the scroungers. How can you get angry at people doing what you want?

Many libertarian bloggers were the first in the field, they had been doing it too long, they moved on as their lives changed and they got bored of saying the same things over again. The young pups don't start those sort of blogs now. They rant in the comment sections of newspapers, which weren't there five years ago. They tweet and facebook, post youtube videos. They are harder to spot but there are more of them and they are more effective.
But out in the swamp a few old dinosaurs still roar.

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We're still around, on sites such as A Tangled Web, Biased-BBC and many others.

You just have to get a new list of Bookmarks, mate!

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