Somebody in the last thread asked for a serious take on NRN. So far, the panels I’ve attended have been good. For example, the elections horserace panel run by the Kos elections crew had a Q&A where it was clear that the panel members had the details of every contested race at their fingertips, and they had a reasonable, fact-based perspective on the races they were asked about. And then there was the big money v smart money deathmatch. This is the contradiction I see at NRN and maybe in Progressive activism generally: there’s the overly earnest, fairly silly stuff that’s the product of well-intentioned, passionate people who are off in the weeds, and then there are the smart wonks who are far more sober and far less entertaining. A few days ago, someone in the comments said something like progressivism is the fear that somewhere, somehow, someone might not know how much you care. There’s a lot of that here, along with the serious stuff.
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