Progressive Blog Digest: a daily “must-read”

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Saturday night Steve (SteveAudio) and Pam Anderson had a nice little get-together for some of the LA Blue-blogger crowd. At one point, I mentioned that Nick Burbules’s Progressive Blog Digest was on my daily “must-read” list and discovered to my horror that most of the others hadn’t heard of it.

So consider this a pitch for adding PBD to your favorites list or your blogroll. It’s just about a pure weblog, in the original sense of the term: it consists of links to items (in this case, items from the progressive blogosphere plus items from the MSM that progressives need to see) that the weblog keeper thinks worthy of his audience’s attention. That’s by contrast with &#8212 just to take a random example &#8212 the Reality-Based Communikty, which consists of its authors’ opinions with links to various on-line sources.

As a result, PBD doesn’t pick up many links, since the substance is always in what he’s pointing to rather than Nick’s personal “take” on the story, which is mostly confined to the headlines. But it’s an astonishingly useful service, and would be more so if more people read it.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com