Not "too much" government, not "too little" government, but juuuuuust right.
That’s what this "new thing" ought to be called; not The Libertarian Democrat. This either. Look, this comes at an interesting time for me; in particular, having just thrown off every last ounce of grudging support for republicans I’ve had since I was a kid (indeed, in my younger days, it was enthusiastic support). There is no redeeming value to the Republican Party. Not a bit. Still lots of good people who call themselves republicans, of course, just as on the democrat side.
But just as republicans will never get SWAT teams out of your bedroom — will never stop concerning themselves with your petty "vices" or trying to force their sense of social values on you — so democrats will never stop demonizing the most productive; those who are the greatest benefactors of society in terms of material well-being (and spiritual too, if you count being able to trade your labor via a job to support yourself as a spiritual essential).
The essays are important reads on a number of levels. It’s mostly bullshit, of course, and you’re never going to get anywhere with the likes of Markos "KOS" Moulitsas or Bruce Reed, but there’s also a lot in there for your average young lefty/greenie sycophant to maybe think about. It’s a level of dialog, and in some cases honesty, that I don’t remember seeing from democrats lately, if ever, and for that reason alone it’s worth paying attention to.
Just don’t be fooled. Just like everyone else — democrats, republicans, and many libertarians alike — they all have their values and they’re willing to go to any political lengths — up to and including ruining you financially, locking you up, or killing you — in order to "motivate" your submission to their will. Only, they (you) never do it them/your-selves. Rather, it’s done with voting booths and then through various agents: politicians, SWAT teams, police officers, bureaucrats, administrators, investigators, prosecutors, judges, jailers, and executioners.
Nobody who votes for or advocates the initiation of force against anyone, for any reason, can ultimately be your friend.
Update: Uh, forgot this before, but Charles Hueter has some good comments on all this.