Like any libertarian, I originally went through six stages of conversion–
- Mild Facebook posts
- Aggressive Facebook posts
- Voting is violence
- Voting *might not be* violence
- Deleting Facebook
- Starting a website
Over the last few years I’ve become more interested in the intersection of Christianity and libertarianism, especially as it pertains to issues of violence and the Christian’s relationship to the state. For example, what does it mean to “submit to the governing authorities”? Should Christians pay taxes even if they’re used for ungodly ends?
I also write about economics, voting, electoral politics in general, and political philosophy. I’m studying for a PhD in American Intellectual History and Political Philosophy, and I’m hoping to write my dissertation over the way Americans have understood and used the term “democracy” in different ways between 1900 and today. Is democracy more than just voting? How can so many political groups claim to be the real champions of democracy? Is a democracy the same thing as a republic? Should a popular democracy be something we want? These are just a few questions I hope to focus on in my research.
More recently, I’ve written essays for the Mises Institute, the Libertarian Christian Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, and the Libertarian Institute.