Why I read Conservative stuff.

Paul Krugman wrote on his blog yesterday on the topic of what blogs he regularly reads:

“I don’t know of any economics or politics sites on [the conservative] side that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously. I know we’re supposed to pretend that both sides always have a point; but the truth is that most of the time they don’t.” 

I get that Krugman is a busy man, so I can’t blame him at all for this approach. But, personally, I enjoy reading Conservative blogs, even though I disagree with them.  Part of it is I want to try to figure out why the Conservatives think the things they do. And, moreover, I believe it’s a good way of keeping yourself honest, and of making sure that your arguments in favor of your side are sharp and well thought-out.

Nothing wrong with reading the writers you agree with–as evidenced by the fact I know what’s on Krugman’s blog–but it’s useful to keep tabs on what the other side is thinking.

What's your stake in this, cowboy?