January 23, 2005

The Last Honest Progressive in America

I link to Marc Cooper’s blog a lot because I like him and I often like what he has to say. (He’s also a friend and the editor for my soon-to-be-published Libya piece in the LA Weekly.)

G.M. Roper discovered Marc’s blog via my blog and seems to have taken up residence in Cooper’s comments section. The two have become friends, and this makes me happy. Why? In part because I “introduced” them to each other, but also because G.M. is a conservative and Marc is an anti-war leftist. The blogosphere is often divisive, but it isn’t always. I wish this sort of thing happened more often, but I’m glad to see it happens sometimes.

G.M. wrote a flattering profile of Marc on his blog called The Last Honest Progressive in America. Marc isn’t really the last, but he is a progressive and he is honest. If you’re a conservative (or a centrist or a hawkish liberal or whatever else) and you’re looking for someone who thinks you’re wrong but can argue well and with integrity, bookmark him. He’s a worthwhile antidote to the echo-chamber.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 23, 2005 08:53 PM

Done and done.

Posted by: FH at January 23, 2005 09:09 PM

Marc Cooper is amiable and friendly, and even if you disagree with him he never resorts to ad hominem namecalling.

Does he "hope for the best" in Iraq even if that means he has been wrong? Or is it more important to him that it turns out he was right and it's all been a huge mistake?

Based on what I've seen, I'm willing to assume Marc Cooper thinks out loud in good faith.

Posted by: miklos rosza at January 23, 2005 09:32 PM


Like some bloggers do their blogrolls, I arrange my bookmarked blogs under blocks of famous people to who'm I feel they correlate I.E. Instapundit and Daniel Drezner file under 'Friedrich Hayek', Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias under FDR etc.

I also have a 'George Orwell' block that's mostly reserved for hard leftists with democratic and anti-totaliterian principles I.E. Harry's Place, Norman Geras. I also include Marc Cooper. He is anti-war and alot of his rhetoric I don't agree with but I think he embodies that Orwellian (different usage) sense of Leftist Idealsim that's always preceded by pragmatic realsim and rejection of moral relativism. He's the only anti-war blogger I read, because I think his other strong points make up for it; primarily his willingness as an anti-war advocate to stick it to the large block of stalinist apologists that make up the modern anti-war movement. I was ecstatic when I read that many of the Chomskyite and Pacifica radio crowd think of Marc Cooper as some type of racist mccarthyite; in this case derision being the highest form of indirect flattery.

For whatever it's worth, I file Mr. Totten under Henry 'Scoop' Jackson.

Posted by: Epitome at January 23, 2005 09:37 PM

Thanks for the tip.'Anti-War' in this context is a deal breaker for me,but I respect honest and honourable opinions,and Mr.Cooper seems to be someone who is well worth reading,if only to read his devastating appraisals of the Democratic Party Follies.
If the left had more people like him,everyone on every side would be vastly better off.

Posted by: dougf at January 23, 2005 09:51 PM


What/where is your blog? It doesn't appear when I mouse-over your name, as it does with most people who have blogs and comment here.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at January 23, 2005 10:52 PM


I didn't make that as clear as I should, I arrange the blogs section of my bookmarks on my PC as I described, similiar to the way certain bloggers organize their blogrolls. I'll probably do the same when the 'Bluedogblog' is officially ready to launch, but it isn't yet. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by: Epitome at January 24, 2005 12:26 AM


Let us know when yer blog is up. I'm interested, anyway, even if no one else is.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at January 24, 2005 12:55 AM

I find you linking to something I've had troubling finding: a liberal blog worth reading, and, what do you know, there's no RSS feed...

I'm sorry, Mr. Cooper, but I'm stuck in my ways: if I can't keep up with your blog on Bloglines, then I'm not going to read you.

Mr. Totten: your comments code is totally broken in Firefox. You might want to look into that.

Keep up the good blogging!

Posted by: Stephen Duncan Jr at January 24, 2005 04:59 AM

I tried to open your friend Marc's blog and received this:
You don't have permission to access /marccooper/ on this server.


Apache/2.0.52 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.0.52 OpenSSL/0.9.7e Server at marccooper.typepad.com Port 80

Posted by: Michael Bryant, Ft Lauderdale, Fl at January 24, 2005 07:30 AM

I figured out the problem.
I don't normally read anti-war blogs, but since you recommend him I have him on my favorites.

Michael Bryant

Posted by: Michael Bryant, Ft Lauderdale, Fl at January 24, 2005 07:36 AM


I know it's broken in Firefox and I have absolutely no idea how to fix it. My Web coding skills are pretty basic, alas. Sorry.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at January 24, 2005 10:47 AM

I too was introduced to Marc Cooper by this blog, and I too now consider Cooper to be required reading.

Posted by: Todd Pearson at January 24, 2005 10:48 AM

Michael, thanks for the kind words. I do like Marc and we have a weird sort of mutt and jeff relationship. I am especially grateful to you however, in as much as you are the reason we became friends. Marc treats his commenters just like you do, with respect, friendliness and an open invitation to come back.

If every blogger, left, right and center would treat everyone else this way, the blogosphere would be better for it. I call my blog"...a place for everyone with a good heart regardless of their political leanings, a place where we can all learn to grow, to trust one another and to solve problems." If everyone did that, think how far down the road we could get.

Posted by: GMRoper at January 24, 2005 11:59 AM

I hear ya, GM. But as Marc says about politics, it ain't beanbag.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at January 24, 2005 12:58 PM

I think someone is pulling your leg about your comments on Firefox. I am reading your comments on Firefox as we speak. No problem at all.

BTW thanks for the headsup on Mr Cooper.

Posted by: dick at January 24, 2005 06:49 PM


The problem with Firefox (at least on my end) is when you click the Permalink at the bottom of each post. Then the comments get messed up. Otherwise, comments work fine, at least for me.

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