"However, there are two other broad categories of sites that can be found. Firstly, there are those that are firmly anti-totalitarian but have little or no critique of domestic politics. They have made their peace with the establishment and the legacy of Thatcherism. However dramatic their declarations of human rights, they are Tom Paines abroad but Edmund Burkes at home. Whilst the finely tuned English ear is quick to pick up the contented cadences of the privilege of class.
As for the other, it is a, sometimes fractious, cacophony. There are humanist Marxists, left libertarians, social democrats, Old Labour diehards, those who would combine Marx with Mill, querulous liberals, and others who place human emancipation at the centre of an ecological understanding of the diversity of the natural world. It is where I feel most at home and where the more interesting, and idiosyncratic, writing is taking place.
What will emerge is unclear, but socialism, in the broadest sense of the term as an emancipatory, egalitarian social movement, is alive, well and thinking. Come and join in."
I'm not sure if my ears should be burning about those under the 'firstly' charge, but I think that Gadgie's right about the cacophony and what a productive and refreshing thing it is.
I'd also argue that anyone who believes that the proliferation of right-wing activists and bloggertarians is evidence that the blogosphere is an asset to the political right doesn't understand how interactivity adds value to anything.
And they don't have any confidence or conviction that the left has a viable ongoing project either. One wonders why such people bother turning on their computers at all?