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.