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It’s not subjective, what “American”​ means. There actually IS a definition.

I own an American company, but it didn’t have to be American. I have the means and resources to base my business anywhere. I can work entirely remotely, choose any domicile, and deliver the same value from any location. And I’d pay fewer taxes, in many cases, if I did.

I have chosen America because America honors the rule of law. By that rule:


It is my hope that the doctrine of deep personal disempowerment which has most recently emerged as Trumpism — its leader continually citing his victimization by institutions from the media to the IRS — its followers blaming immigrants, democrats, & nonwhites, will now give way to a healthier narrative instead of re-calcifying under a theory of unfair treatment through a ‘stolen’ election.

Life is too short, and opportunity too prevalent, to waste one’s life in search of external justifications for not achieving goals. The only freedom available to any of us is in choosing a narrative that places us, and our personal agency, at the center of our experience. …


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We’re caricatures of half of us arguing with cliches of the other half.

City + Education without Correctness; Land + Work without Parochialism

Why must we choose the worst tendencies of each vs. the best each has to offer?

I come from a mixed (blue-collar / white-collar) background. Fathers side: educators & engineering. Mother’s side: military & farmers. I speak both languages. The most disappointing social outcome is that I’m generally expected to choose the worst (rather than best) tendencies of each.

I’ve done road work, construction work, and automotive work. …


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One of my favorite artists, if one can have such things, hated (according to his obituary in The Guardian) the idea of his work going for money. He despised the gallery system, the world of art dealers and critics, promotional magazines, and collecting by the wealthy — who he would routinely run off when they asked to make a purchase. …


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Each of our ships carries the saboteur.

Our bodies start trying to murder us at some point. Eventually, they’ll succeed. If outside forces don’t get us first, the inside ones inevitably will. Mine has finally come for me, and my response is: “I’ve been waiting. What took you so long?”

There’s this “mass” in an unwelcome area of my body, and a lot of corresponding chaos suggesting its intentions are not friendly. We’ll take a closer look, to make sure it’s not a trick of the lens, but it sounds like I’m going under the knife. This is the first volley.

You’re better off facing the scalpel than not, of course, but even the instrument of deliverance can also kill you a few different ways. Even if we get this assassin from within, there’s no guarantee taking it out is enough, because it doesn’t just want a piece of me, it wants it all. …


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We do things when we’re young we wouldn’t do later. We do things later, we wouldn’t do again. The biggest mistakes I’ve ever made were personal — relationships and vocation. I think it’s safe to say we’re capable of those until we die. The second biggest, however, have been religious and political, specifically the religion and politics of my youth (by which I mean pretty much everything before I was 30).

For roughly the period from 1991–1996 (with a year or two of transition on either side) I was a conservative and, initially, a religious conservative.

Those were the years in which conservatism was transforming into neoconservatism and entering public life in a way that dwarfed either the McCarthy or Goldwater or Reagan eras. The last shreds of a cultural consensus were still intact. But, like many people avidly exploring ideas at the time, I was responding to the imminent collapse of that consensus. …


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Plausibility is how we lie to ourselves. We like to point the finger at the other guy for swallowing a ‘whopper’, but most of us have empty wrappers from plausible fictions scattered all over the closets of our minds.

When I was a kid, I got fired from a job. I explained to my father why—the employer said I just didn’t seem to get it (they were right). Dad’s theory: it had to have been more than that—they just weren’t telling me. His idea had no evidence but felt more plausible. “That’s how the world works.”

Around the same age, I got hassled by the police and ticketed for something I didn’t do (it was minor, wouldn’t create a record, and there’s nothing to lose if I were to say I did). My grandparent’s verdict (without trial): “You must have done SOMETHING wrong, or you wouldn’t have gotten a ticket.” Why? Again, “that’s how the world works.” It’s more plausible to believe that accused people are universally guilty. It wasn’t just me; they would hurl the same invective at the TV, with the notable exception of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker during that scandal. No matter what came out in the news, THAT wasn’t plausible. …


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The Theocracy of Monotheism Would Enslave Us All

As I watch Pence and the other envangelico-republicans operating in lockstep and ironically saying they’ve prayed about their decisions and gotten the answers from “God” and are acting accordingly, I can’t help but contrast that with my people’s tradition. Simply put, asking Our Lord what we should do in every situation (should I buy a roomba; should my couch be blue or some other color; should I vote for Hillary or Donald) isn’t Orthodox. For these reasons:

1) We have incredible free will, and subordinating that at a granular level—not just aligning it in principle—effectively neutralizes it. It debases and reduces the man. …


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Healthcare is making phenomenal strides. Your heart could go bad, and we could still save you. Your lungs could get diseased, and we might still save you. Your brain might get a tumor, and there’s a shot at saving you. But if you have a cancer that goes from localized to regional to systemic—making it to stage 4 (spreading through all of these organs), that’s it. You’re terminal.

In the 1980s, we passed some irreversible thresholds for climate. Passed them—meaning now the world WILL be different than it would have been, in fact worse than it would have been. In fact, there will be more starvation, disease, war, loss of species, draught, resource crises, and overall destruction because we passed said threshold. Then we passed another. …


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As I watched the Democratic debates the other night, I couldn’t help but snicker at the credulity attributed to progressives by some of the candidates. It’s as if the entire spectacle was predicated on something we all know but will never say out loud—that Americans are long on opinions, short on facts, and generally abstinent on substance.

Julian Castro, in particular, romped through tropes with no basis in reality. He got cheers for championing abortion rights for transgender women, despite the fact that transgender women don’t have a uterus and so can’t bear children. How’s that going to work, Julian?

Castro is also the guy who claimed he would pass the Equal Rights Amendment, despite the fact that presidents don’t pass amendments or even participate in the process. That’s an extremely important part of US constitutional law. …

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