A commenter in a post below yesterday made the point that Montana Cowgirl is more and more allowing “guest” posts, speculating that perhaps these “guests” have branched over into Intelligent Discontent to become Pogie’s ghost. It is confusing, so perhaps we need to put it in historical perspective.
The Montana Democratic Party is a corrupt institution, fouling everything it touches. By its nature it is rife with hypocrisy, as it advances ideals that it does not practice. Its real role as a “second” party is to prevent a second party. The natural instinct in a free society is to oppose the openly oligarchical party, the Republicans. The Democrat Party exists to protect and preserve the Republican Party, and it does so by corralling these instincts and rendering them ineffective.
Take note of that, as it is important: Opposition to Republicans in our country is forced to go through the Democrats. Consequently, Democrats are forced to allow opposing voices within their ranks, as it is understood that people need to blow off steam. But whenever that same venting takes place outside the Democratic Party, it is crushed. Ergo, the Nader phenomenon of 2000. In essence, we are allowed not two parties, but only one.
This is not something that surprises Democratic leadership, as they are merely cloaked Republicans. They know what is up. The rank and file are clueless, but the leadership is not. They know that the purpose of the Democratic Party is not to prevent a third party, but rather to prevent a second party. [Thus will all of the progressive energy released by the Bernie phenomenon ultimately find its only outlet via a sociopathic Neocon, Hillary.]
With that idea in mind, it becomes easier to understand why the Democrats have corrupted the energetic populism represented by “blogging.” It was seen as a threat that had to be corralled and killed. Montana Cowgirl was not something some lady decided to do one evening after dinner and sex. It was a professional rollout lauded by none other than the Washington Post. It was, from the beginning, a professional party outlet run by party staffers.
So it should come as no surprise that the effort did not begin with “Cowgirl,” but rather gelled with it. Prior to that time there were other attempts to head off the blogging threat. It could be seen when other nominal “Democrats” appeared more or less simultaneously on the scene – Matt Singer and Jay Stevens (Left in the West and 4&20 Blackbirds), Rob Kailey (A Chicken is Not Pillage), and Pogie (Intelligent Discontent).
What is remarkable about all these outlets is that they were all ahead of the game in technical aspects. While people like myself and Skink merely grab at free technology and use it as best we know how, these earlier blogs had the game under control, knew and paid for expensive technology. They didn’t do this by accident. They must have had backing. Otherwise, were this a random occurrence, each of those blogs would have carried a different message. But they were all identical in content. They all fostered “Democrat” ideas, and rejected progressive and populist ideals. They backed “candidates” to the extreme hilt, and opposed any attempt to expose these candidates as frauds.
Thus it can be seen that the Montana Democratic Party, just as it prevents the rise of a second party, also prevented the rise of independent blogging voices. As soon as “Democrat” blogs appeared and generated reasonable traffic, we began to see banning and removal of truly dissident blogs (like my own) from the blog rolls so that traffic could be controlled and truly independent voices (like my own) marginalized.
Since I was a vocal opponent of Democrats, seeing through them as I do, I was quickly banned, and in short order, from Kailey’s blog (along with his pulling the Monty stunt), Left in the West, 4&20* and Cowgirl. I had not done anything wrong – in fact, I was the essence of the nature of blogging, a free voice expressing dissident ideas. I also possess some writing ability and could express my dissent with clarity. Democrats hate that. They hate anything that exposes their own corruption and bankruptcy. As authoritarians, they hate freedom of expression. They need to control the message.
Thus today do we see “blogging” as an extension of the Montana Democratic Party, and under control of that party, its message perverted by the writers who occupy the two primary remaining slots – Montana Cowgirl and Intelligent Discontent. (Kailey more or less marginalized himself, but that is due to his personality more than anything from above.) The message at both these places is tinny – Democrats-good Republicans-bad. It is so hollow that only intellectual deadheads and party hacks find it interesting.
So it should come as no surprise that the content, as the commenter noted, appears to be done by committee with designated “writers” claiming credit. Posts appearing on those two blogs could be written by a computer program for all I know, they are so mechanical.
And that is the nature of blogging today. Democrats ruined it, just as they soil everything of value that they come in contact with.
PS: I would imagine that what the Democrats did in Montana was part of a larger nationwide effort by the party to suppress free expression – to rein in the blogging beast and tame it.
*4&20 Blackbirds, left without Party oversight, became for a brief while an outlet of free expression. The “proprietor,” Jay Stevens, no doubt acting on orders (since in my scenario he only fronted for the Party when he founded the blog), shut it down.