Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 21, 2003

by J

Lessig on Experiment

Larry Lessig reflects on the Howard Dean guest weblogging experiment.
Neutrality aside, though, Governor Dean has earned a special respect. Of course there are issues on which I would disagree with anyone. But I have been struck in reading these posts, and the passion they inspired. They revive a feeling I had as a kid ó that ideas could matter, and that there could be people who would make them matter.

They matter here not so much because of the detail of any response, but because of the willingness to carry a message to places like this, and because of the effect these places have on those who spend time in them. If Iíve learned anything as Iíve watched places like this, it is that the best strategy is always simply to say what is right and true, trolls notwithstanding.

Our democracy needs more of this. It needs more candidates spending time in places like this. I am therefore grateful to the Governor for taking the lead. We should all be grateful, our personal politics notwithstanding, if more follow.

Posted by J at July 21, 2003 09:39 PM
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