New Writers at OTB

I’m pleased to announce that three blogosphere veterans have agreed to join the fold at OTB. All three are folks I’ve been reading since my earliest days blogging and I’m thrilled to be able to bring them to the audience here.

Robert Prather started posting at his site, which went through several name changes before Insults Unpunished stuck, on May 26, 2002. He has an MA in economics from Mississippi State University and is especially interested in environmental issueues, foreign policy, and economics.

Alex Knapp is an attorney who has been writing at Heretical Ideas since March 2003. His interests span the gamut from the Iraq War to comic books.

Chris Lawrence earned his PhD in political science from the University of Mississippi in December 2003. He’s been blogging at Signifying Nothing since November 14, 2002.

Robert and Chris were already established bloggers when I started OTB in January 2003 and Alex was essentially my contemporary in the blogging game. All three are well respected writers in the center-right-libertarian mileu who can combine serious, thoughtful analysis and a lighthearted approach that I aspire to at this blog. I’m honored to be able to bring them to you.

My hope is that the synergy between these men and the current OTB writers will help take away the pressure to crank out content that can take hold in the blogosphere and allow each of us to spend more time writing about things we care about. That will make it a more enjoyable experience for all of us, hopefully, most of all the readers.

Welcome to them all.

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  1. Brian J. says:

    Wow, that’s fantastic!

    I love the Shell Scott novels!

  2. Ron says:

    Oh great, more outstanding thinkers/writers to make me feel even more inadequate. Outstanding choices all.


  3. Jon Henke says:

    [cue: Mr Burns] Eeexxcellent! [/Mr Burns]

    Is OTB becoming the New York Yankees of blogging, where every once in a while you re-stock with heavy-hitters? Would that make you George Steinbrenner?

    Congratulations to all — to James, on good additions; to the new bloggers, on joining a fine establishment.

  4. whatever says:

    I have seen this site move progressively to the left over the past six months, and I am guessing with the environment tree hugging already starting that it will continue in that direction.

  5. whatever,

    I’ve been reading the site for nearly three years and have seen no such shift — ever. I can think of at least one commenter who’s a bit reactionary, prone to making snap judgments and willing to ignore considered thought by another person.

    What do I need to do? Club a baby seal to death?

    I already support the Iraq war, though I won’t defend criminal actions on the part of the troops. I already despise the UN but am open to suggestions to improve it, as long as it doesn’t step on our sovereignty.

    These are leftist positions?

    By the way, you have yet to put forward a thoughtful argument.

  6. Jay says:

    Ah, but you still don’t have Jay Tea… :>

  7. Anderson says:

    Robert–any kin to Chief Justice Lenore Prather?

  8. Brock says:

    You classify Alex Knapp as “center-right”?

  9. Alex Knapp says:


    Well, I am a libertarian. “Center-right” is where I get stuck a lot.

  10. James Joyner says:

    Heh. I was using center-right-libertarian as a fuzzy and admittedly imperfect shorthand for people who are pro-defense, small government types. I think we all appeal more to Republicans than Democrats in the positions we emphasize but none of us fits the traditional GOP conservative mold.