Today is August 31st, 08/31, or 3108 in reverse, and since 3108 looks very similar to the word blog, August 31 was designated as Blog Day.
The idea is that this coming Wednesday, bloggers from around the world will link to and introduce five bloggers from other countries to their regular readers. I think this is a fantastic idea. It’s like that icebreaker from junior high where you have to interview your classmate and then introduce them to everyone else. But on Blog Day you don’t have to interview anyone, just get a feel for their blog and let everyone know where they’re from and what they’re about.
So here goes my five bloggers.
First is “Venezuela News And Views”
The description from the blog itself reads, “Written from the Venezuelan provinces, this blog started as private letters to my friends overseas, letters narrating the difficult days of the 2002/2003 strike in Venezuela. These letters became this mix of news, comments, pictures of the Venezuelan situation. Unknowingly, I have written the diary of Venezuela slow decent into authoritarianism, the slow erosion of our liberties, the takeover of the country by a military caste, the surrendering of our soul to the Cuban dictator”. This blog is especially important considering the recent (depressing) changes in Venezuela and the political impact they may have.
Second is “The-econoclast”
This blog is written by John Palmer, professor of economics at The University of Western Ontario. He is located in Clinton, ON, Canada. He applies economic principles to a wide variety of different topics, many of them very entertaining and very educational.
Third is “India Uncut”
This blog is written by Amit Varma located in Mumbai, India. He writes on various topics, ranging from giving news and information that might be useful in the aftermath of the cloudburst that struck Maharashtra on July 26, to his writings while travelling through the tsunami-affected areas of Tamil Nadu, and immediately before and after, and of course, keeping us up to date on Indian economy. Also, if you still want more on the Indian economy, I’d also recommend The Indian Economy blog, where Amit Varma is also a contributor.
Fourth is “Johan Norberg”
Johan Norberg is “a Swedish writer devoted to globalisation and individual liberty”, Norberg is also the author of the widely respected book, “In Defense Of Global Capitalism“, which is “[t]he first book to rebut – systematically and thoroughly – the world view of the anti-globalisation movement and the protectionists”. The blog also has a very informative Q&A on what capitalism is, and the common objections raised against it.
Fifth is “The Adam Smith Institute”
“The Adam Smith Institute is the UK’s leading innovator of free-market policies. Named after the great Scottish economist and author of The Wealth of Nations, its guiding principles are free markets and a free society. It researches practical ways to inject choice and competition into public services, extend personal freedom, reduce taxes, prune back regulation, and cut government waste”.
As a bonus, especially to my spanish speaking readers, I would recommend two additional blogs that I decided to treat seperately because they are written in Spanish.
HispaLibertas y Liberalismo
Los dos pueden ser descritos con el mismo descripción, “Este sitio nace con la pretensión de convertirse en el punto de encuentro de todos los liberales hispanohablantes. En el menú derecho de esta portada puedes acceder a una suerte de editorial que detalla los puntos básicos del pensamiento liberal y sus principales corrientes, amén de algún texto clásico, a modo de introducción”.
Es importante notar que en Europa el término ‘liberal’ se asocia a la economía clásica del libre comercio y gobiernos pequeños, es decir, es casi lo opuesto a lo que significa ese término aquí en los EEUU. Así que los dos blogs utilizan el término de la forma europea e histórica (conocido como ‘el liberal clásico’ or ‘classical liberal’).
…and of course, I should also mention the very blog that helped a lot of this come together, Global Voices, “a non-profit global citizens’ media project, sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School”.