To Be Well-Informed, Cut the News and Read These 7 Blogs Instead

If you want to become a genuinely well-informed citizen, more and even better information is not enough. Instead, you must learn to think critically and thoughtfully about complex ideas.

You can’t vote intelligently about immigration, foreign policy, bioethics, or tax law without the ability to think clearly. This is something no amount of Fox News or CNN will teach you how to do — in fact, there’s a good chance it will do the opposite.

I believe the following blogs, on the other hand, will teach you to think more carefully about the most important ideas and problems facing our society.

None are overtly partisan, and they represent a range of political thinking from progressive through libertarian and conservative. No single piece of content, underlying belief, or assertion is important. What matters is learning to think differently.

Commit to reading between the lines and observing how these people think about complex issues. And whether you agree with them or not, you will be better for it.