Anyway, the point of all this is that once again we see how useless the liberal/conservative axis of political description is, especially since the bomb-throwers in both major parties have Super-Glued a bunch of baggage onto those words so they don't mean what the dictionary says they mean any more. Glenn Reynolds doesn't really fit the definition of a modern liberal (commie dope addict baby-killing homo union thug) or conservative (racist Bible-thumping male chauvinist capitalist Nazi pig); if I had to slap some kind of political label on him, I'd say he's a dynamist. For the definition of what that is, go read Virginia Postrel's The Future And Its Enemies. It'll do you good.
This is also part of the reason I describe myself as a "Falangist Libertarian". It confuses people enough so that they have to ask me what that means, and then we can get into a good discussion about what we really believe and how that affects our views on the issues. That's a lot more productive than just saying "I'm a Republican," which is also true but tends to bring the conversation to a screeching halt for a lot of people in fandom who are otherwise fairly open-minded.
This post by Cobb also deserves a good hard look and some long meditation. Thank you, NRO, for revealing Cobb's blog to me. It rules.