[Update (Wednesday): Captain Capitalism has now posted my comment, so the example no longer hold, but the rant outside of the example is still valid.]
Here’s something that bugs me about issues bloggers. You know, people who have a blog where they take a stance – political, economic, religious, etc. – and consistently publish information on that topic. So far, no problem. People can blog about whatever they want. What I have a problem with is the comment policies of some blogs in this category.
Here’s my take: If you’re going to host an issue blog, and if you’re going to allow comments on said blog, you should allow comments from anyone who’s willing to contribute an on-topic comment.
The incident that’s managed to get me worked up happened at a local blog called Captain Capitalism. The blogger is a fundamentalist capitalist who publishes commentary on the news of the day through his fundamentalist view. On a recent post, found here, he posted a graph from the Economist that shows Columbia’s economy improving over the time with the commentary:
“Again, it’s amazing what happens when adults take over.”
Captain Capitalism is clearly pleased with Uribe’s policies.
I decided to drop an on-topic comment mentioning that one of the “adult” decisions made by Uribe was to impose a 1.2% tax on the liquid wealth of higher income Columbians, and how different that is from the “sacrifices” George W. Bush has asked of America’s higher income citizens in a time of war – tax cuts.
My comment was moderated and never published by Captain Capitalism. It’s been two days, and he’s since posted another post to his site, so I don’t believe it’s a case of not getting to it yet.
In my opinion, Captain Capitalism and other bloggers like him/her should:
1. Remove the comments feature from their blog if they’re not going to allow them.
2. Or have a clear comments policy that says, “comments from people who don’t share my fundamentalist world view will not be posted.”
That way, people will know what they’re getting: rebuttle-less fundamentalist commentary. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just a little disclosure would be nice.