A baby can be cute or cranky, fascinating or annoying, addictive or repellant — depending on your needs, wants and desires. I’m probably straddling some of those same fences these days.
A baby is clueless about the world around him, because he’s learning a lot, trying things and making mistakes and finding delightful surprises. That’s definitely been me insofar as publishing again, especially the clueless part sometimes.
Most of all, though, a baby still needs others. I need you. Yes, that applies to you specifically, not just to the other anonymous people who frequent the site. I honestly need you. In my mind, I have an audience of one — and you know who you are.
If you and thousands of other people weren’t reading, there would be no reason for me to keep cranking out fresh copy every day. But even more than that, I need your feedback and participation in this conversation. In the long run, I need you to be part of something much bigger than just people talking on the Internet about politics and society. I don’t yet know what that picture is going to look like, but I know we won’t figure it out without finding other people like us — who want to build a new kind of world, where people can have life, liberty and the pursuit of property. (Thomas Jefferson had it right in the first draft.)
We’ve now had visitors from 125 countries. Wherever you’re reading from, thank you for coming. There are a billion or more places to visit online, so you have plenty of choices. After three months, it still humbles me each day that some of you choose to join me here for a long-term conversation. Thank you.