By analyzing site hits, it seems I attracted some above-average traffic via Google searches yesterday by blogging a post on Ann Coulter by Linda Hirshman. Going from these search reslts, I came across a lefty idea blog, TPMCafe, and the first two parts of a series (here and here) by Ms. Hirshman examining liberal principles by starting with a recent post on an attempted philosophy of environmental policy and working backwards (please pardon that sentence's construction). What a pleasant surprise.
Now, I don't know why I had never really noticed TPMCafe before now, given I've had TPM on the blogroll for years (other than I just don't have a lot of time for lurking in leftist haunts), but they basically do stick to the examination of ideas; contrast this to typical liberal pablum like Paul Krugman's recent "analysis" of the "modern right-wing political machine."
Now, of course, while it is largely internally consistent (something I always appreciate), Ms. Hirshman's examination is riddled with false premises--something I'm not going to go into here--so I cannot agree with many of her conclusions. Nevertheless, she makes several good points and hers is an exercise worth reviewing and, frankly, the kind of effort (re-examining first principles) that appears to be lacking sorely on the right. (Someone please prove me wrong on this last point.)