Goodbye, Intelligent Discontent. Hello, The Montana Post


Twelve years ago, I started a little blog site with the intention of providing occasional commentary about national and statewide politics, hoping to complement the excellent work at Montana’s first big political blog, Left in the West. Choosing a domain name is always a challenge and my first thought was to honor one of my political idols, the American Socialist Eugene V. Debs, who, during five campaigns for President, forcefully advocated for the rights of workers, fought against militarism, and believed in the power of the written and spoken word to change minds.

The name (domain) for the site came from Debs’s famous quote:

“Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.”

It’s a great quote. And a terrible name for a site, which I realize the first time someone asked me where I was writing and I had to say the name aloud. It doesn’t suggest Montana, it doesn’t give much of a sense of what the site is about, but it sounds incredibly smug. Awfully smug. Embarrassingly smug.

So, for about eleven years and eight months of the site’s existence, I wished I had chosen another name.

And within a few years, inspired by the Tester-Burns race, I knew that the real niche for our little site was covering Montana politics. With the occasional foray into national and international issues, the site has been–and will continue to primarily be–about Montana issues. And Ryan Zinke, who’s from California.

Today, I’m excited to introduce a new version of the site that you love or hate. Or love and hate. While all the old content from Intelligent Discontent is still available and your search results for it should still work, the new name and location for the site will be The Montana Post, a name taken from the first newspaper in the Montana Territory. Located in Virginia City, the paper lasted for five years.

If you do come across any errors on the site, please let me know. There will almost certainly be some hiccups as we make the transition, but I hope we can keep providing interesting content about Montana politics for years to come.

I’ll have a few more big initiatives to announce in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.



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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Rich Aarstad
Rich Aarstad

I think the brand “Itelligent Discontent” is well established and The Montana Post over used. Whatever the name, it’ll still be worth the read.


as a young undergrad student in a work study job in the Mansfield Library, I spent a lot of time processing (reading) Mike’s paper’s that he donated to the U of M. We could use a little Mike right about now.

Nothing can be accomplished with both sides standing back and calling each other names.

Mary Sheehy Moe
Mary Sheehy Moe

My heart sank when I read the headline. I thought you’d taken a new job or something. What’s in a name, I say, though I had come to love ID, and I don’t mean Idaho or my driver’s license. Just glad your good blog will continue on.

Joe Furshong
Joe Furshong

Congratulations on a thoughtful, intentional transition. I too love the title, but understand the need to have the title more aptly connect with the content. And as always I appreciate your hard work, wry humor and political insight.

James Conner

I had the same reaction as Mary Moe. Then, I added The Montana Post to Flathead Memo’s blogroll.

Dan Lourie
Dan Lourie

Thanks, Don. It’s your stuff, so you get to name it. I can’t imagine anyone really giving a rat’s ass what it’s called as long as the caliber of the writing and the wisdom of the thinking continue to be worthy not only of reading but of passing along. Good luck with your choice.

James Conner

I just updated Flathead Memo’s blogroll, adding The Montana Post but keeping, for the next few weeks, Intelligent Discontent (ID now sends clickers to TMP) to help with the transition. My initial reaction was the same as Mary’s, but I understand why you made the change. Good luck with it.

Mark Tokarski

“Montana Post” does not search very well, that is, you don’t appear on a Google search just yet. I tried. I found the same thing with “Piece of Mind,” so “Piece of Mindful” worked better. Anyway, I don’t quite get that you, as a Democrat promoting Democrats all the time, want to go generic. ADATT would work better, searches well, and means “All Democrats All The Time.” You can have that one for free.


Thanks for the constructive feedback. I’ll be sure to head to your site when I want to learn more about dead celebrities who aren’t dead.

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