Blue and Red
There was a time when one of the best places online for political debate was Iron Blog. There would be a judged battle every week between two people of differing ideological viewpoints, going at it over one particular subject. I followed the site both as a reader and commenter, as well as a judge. Larime Taylor, the man who started the blog, did a great job at bringing people together and sparking some really good, deep discussions about a variety of political topics.
Unfortunately, the site could not last. It was a great idea and it worked out fantastically for awhile, but there were some problems that arose and it was not able to go on. Luckily, Larime has started a new, more complete site, that is dedicated to bringing together multiple different viewpoints and fostering inclusive political debate. The site is called Blue and Red.
I'm just going to go ahead and urge you to check it out. The site just launched and there's a couple columns up at the moment, with many more to come. There will be at least one new column every day. The concept of Iron Blog is going to continue, though it won't be a weekly affair anymore. It more likely will occur once or twice a month. There are forums, as well, for discussion of the columns, Iron Blog and politics in general. I'm going to be one of the guest columnists and hopefully will have my first article up relatively soon.
Iron Blog fostered some wonderful political debate between people who had vastly different views and it created some good friends, as well. It was a very worthwhile site and I have little doubt that Blue and Red will be an even better place for political discussion. If that's your cup of tea at all, I recommend giving the site a chance and seeing what you think.