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Thursday, April 21, 2005


I wish I heard more often....

posted by Razib Khan at Thursday, April 21, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
"I'm an American, not a partisan."

Evolutionary theory suggests that animals routinely engage in "arms races" against each other, never climbing up the hill of relative fitness because their nemesis is always one step ahead or behind. Sometimes, I feel like a bystander watching the cheetah chase the antelope until fortune's favorites reverse positions and the game continues in the opposite direction of pursuit. But sometimes I wonder, what will you do when you finally run down your opponent and stand athwart the bloody mess of their political corpose? While the Great Chase was on the world around has fallen to pieces and you find yourself the King of Nowhere.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.