I don't mean to be trollish, but it should come as no surprise that among the most alienated, lonely, and frankly, silenced people on today's college campuses are conservative faculty members. Perhaps it might be more appropriate to save this blog as a place free of politics. This space should be welcoming even to those who are constantly reminded that their deplorableness needs to be mitigated and something must be done about them.
Although I responded to the comment with some personal thoughts of my own--explaining that these are issues I have struggled with for a long time as blog owner and moderator--the Cocoon is above all a group blog. As such, I thought it might be worth opening up this issue for discussion. Should the Cocoon be a politics-free zone? Or, should we commit ourselves to welcoming discussions of politics, provided individuals of different political persuasions--liberals and conservatives alike--are permitted and encouraged to present and discuss their views in a respectful manner consistent with the blog's mission? I'm inclined to support the latter, but what do you all think?