Slashdot is also remarkably conservative. You see this regularly in terms of computer technology (anti-Wayland, anti-Gnome, anti-Windows 8....) but it is also true in terms of American politics. Climate change is going to require coordinated large scale governmental actions through incentives and regulation. Libertarians don't like it so they pretend there is no underlying problem
It is generally true that the past has too many constituents and the future doesn't have enough.
"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann