I started this blog in 2014 to hopefully be a more productive outlet than social media when it comes to outlining my views on history, economics, politics, and religion. What started as disorganized and unrefined musings from an 8th grade history teacher has turned into opportunities to publish many of the essays cross-posted here. And with a readership of 4-5 viewers per post, I’m now accepting paid sponsors! At the time–and still–I thought it was strange how what we generally call “politics” is simultaneously so polarizing and yet relegated to hushed corners at dinner parties or family get-togethers. I want to play a part in creating peaceful space to talk about things we disagree on.
With a convert’s zeal to the ideas of freedom, looking back I see how I expected everyone to magically come to the same conclusions I had: on politics, economics, religion, and life in general. Of course, this isn’t the way it works, nor would we want it so. So rather than screaming into the wilderness (i.e. Facebook), I thought it better to put these notes of mine into an online bottle and let them float through the intellectual atmosphere. I’m skeptical about where and how ideas actually translate to action, but if old books from long gone men and women could literally change my life, then maybe something I say can also have some small impact.
I write about history, economics, Christianity, voting, and political philosophy more broadly. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in American intellectual history and modern political philosophy, and I’m currently researching and writing my doctoral dissertation over anti-democratic thought in American history since the Civil War. My project surveys the published work of William Graham Sumner, Emma Goldman, Albert Jay Nock, H.L. Mencken, Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand, and Noam Chomsky. There is an abundance of work in history and political theory on democracy, but far less on anti-democracy, especially in intellectual history. My goal is to frame a formidable tradition that has serious implications for the polarized political world in which we all find ourselves.
I’ve written essays for the Mises Institute, the Cato Institute’s Libertarianism.org, the Libertarian Christian Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, and the Libertarian Institute, and I published my first peer-reviewed article in the Christian Libertarian Review in the summer of 2020 titled “Cultural Libertarianism and the Judeo-Christian Tradition in Murray Rothbard, Bob Dylan, and Woody Allen.”
So play some music and stick around for a minute. (or don’t…you’re not being detained).