I am not attacking Jason Cherniak, these are just suggestions. Liblogs is Jason's site, but really it a collective of engaged Liberals with an opinion. Liblogs prospers, not because of an individual, but because of the contributions from all its members.
The last week highlights several problems with the current set-up. What if a Liblogger makes statements which could be construed as offensive and "indefensible"? I admit a certain discomfort in having one individual determine what is acceptable, far too subjective for my tastes. In other words, isn't it time for Liblogs to evolve into a group that isn't quite so hierarchial? There is a certain irony in providing a medium that speaks to egalitarianism, yet it is run like a monarchy. Is Liblogs a personal vehicle to advance one's interests, or is it truly a progressive entity?
Liblogs needs a constitution, to determine certain boundaries. This constitution should be developed by the members, with a voting mechanism. There should be a group of moderators to better reflect the totality of the membership. A sense that Liblogs is "our" site, even though it is run by one individual. Afterall, without the members, Liblogs is nothing. Liblogs should remain independent from the party appartus, to ensure a free dialogue, that doesn't require censorship to appease a politically correct head office.
In defense of Jason, he allows many, many posts which directly criticize his opinions, so there is little sense that bloggers must hold their tongues. However, there is the impression in the MSM and beyond, that Jason is Liblogs- the online voice for Liberals. Is this fair, given the fact that many in the online community don't share his opinions? Is Liblogs set up in such a way that other voices are stifled by the dominance of the "leader"? Is this a system by design, if so, hardly progressive in nature? Do I, as a blogger, have any say in Liblogs, or am I simply grateful that Jason allows me to post at "his" place?
What I am getting at, we have an opportunity to evolve Liblogs and make it about Liberals, instead of one person, as it often becomes. I would appreciate any feedback.