You may have noticed the new “Orange Line” blogroll. In fact, it is an anti-blogroll. It shows a number of institutions and blogs that can be found near the Orange Line metro subway west of the Capitol Building. Check out the “links”. The point is to _not_ link to the Orange Line bloggers — they link to each other plenty already — but rather to show that what at first sight may appear to be a geographically diverse blogosphere is no such thing. Authorship of all the leading “libertarian” blogs listed in my anti-blogroll are located within an area less than a millionth of our planet’s real estate.
These Orange Line bloggers link very disproportionately to other Orange Line bloggers. This kind of behavior is strong evidence that my readers can observe of the very narrow Orange Line monculture that I have also witnessed firsthand. That they debate various issues, such as the war, is as irrelevant as the fact that the medieval Catholic Church had lively debate on various issues (e.g. on earth- vs. sun-centrism long before Copernicus and Galileo). It’s well understood in the Orange Line monoculture that some positions are to be considered as “devil’s advocate” positions. And on some issues like the war on which the rest of D.C. itself disagrees, there is genuine division. But when push came to shove, as on New Hampshire primary day, the Orange Line are very dogmatic and very reflexive. They act according to the same habits and instincts — ultra-statist, ultra-PC, and anti-liberty — as those shared commonly among those who live, mostly off your paycheck and mine, in the Washington, DC metro area.