Note: Burt Likko is writing the first of what we hope will be several reader “sub-blogs” hosted by the League of Ordinary Gentlefolk. For more of his stuff, go here.
People are forever asking me to classify myself. They want to fit me into a neat little box and say, “Boom. He’s a conservative.” Or “Boom, he’s a liberal.” Or a libertarian or an iconoclast or whatever it might be, typically in opposition to themselves. I don’t believe I’m receiving special treatment this way — I believe, rather that the request for classification says more about the person making the request than the person responding to it.
According to the site counter, this is exactly my 4,000th published post. So it seems a fine enough time to go back and remind folks that I resist that sort of classification. But it is also a fine enough time, approaching six years since I took up this hobby and shortly after migrating to a new home for it, to revisit the same issues I did before to drop a generalized sense of where I stand on things. And it’s never a hard sell to get a blogger to indulge in a bit of navel-gazing.