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Ed Brayton was a civil libertarian blogger and former comedian who wrote at Dispatches from the Culture Wars. He specialized in civil rights issues, particularly police misconduct, education policy, and transparency in government. He also had a soft spot for crazy ideologues, namely Joseph Farah and his menagerie.
Brayton's blog was the main ScienceBlogs political journal, but after National Geographic acquired the network, he founded Freethought Blogs together with a few other bloggers, including PZ Myers, and moved his main blogging activities there. In August 2015, he moved his blog once again, to Patheos.
Brayton and Myers were the two main founders of the Freethought Blogs collective. Though Ed and his readers had a brief feud with PZ Myers and his readers some time ago (mainly over framing issues), the hatchet has long since been buried in some concern troll's skull.
Brayton and Myers agree the freethought movement should not be dominated by aging white men like themselves. Both strongly support the view that Freethought Blogs should provide a platform for others, notably sex positive feminists. Brayton was willing to accept some controversy to achieve this.
He died on 12 August 2020.
- Dispatches From the Culture Wars at Patheos
- Dispatches from the Creation Wars, the old blog at Science Blogs, closed in 2011
- Ed corrects the record on his feud with PZ