Saturday, April 12, 2008

Raison d'etre (literally, "What the hell are you doing?")


This is the new home for my old website, "The Contrarian Review." Why the change? First, I no longer had the time to maintain a "real" website--what with file transfers and coding and site design not to screw up (a constant struggle given my nonexistent technical skills)--but I still wanted to share web articles that might be of interest with others. A blog seemed the quick-and-dirtiest way of doing that.

The second reason is that the main aim of my old site--to raise a loud alarm over the lies and lunacies of the Bush Administration (remember, when I started the old site in 2002, the mainstream media was still swooning over Bush, with the brave exception of Paul Krugman of the New York Times)--has been realized. Bush now has one of the lowest approval ratings of any president since the dawn of the approval rating. The NYT recently reported that 81% of Americans--81%!--now feel this country is on the wrong track.

But, as long as conservatives roam freely, we are not safe. I liked to consider the old CR as a kind of progressive Reader's Digest or "best of the progressive web," as well as a way (however feeble) of fighting the Republicans' seemingly implacable drive to de-civilize America, to make life hell for the non-wealthy.

If knowledge is power--and if it is viral--then maybe sharing this kind of information, even on a small scale, can help tip the social scales in a more just direction. Who knows? It's worth a shot.

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