Tag: Citizenship

  • An Optimistic Enemy of the State?

    An Optimistic Enemy of the State?

    I picked up this quote¬†through the Internets¬†from Jeffrey Tucker via a friend. Someone on Reddit asked about my optimism. My response below: The state in all times and all places wants a population of despairing, dreary, hopeless, and weighted-down people. Why? Because such people don’t do anything. They are predictable, categorizable, pliable, and essentially powerless.…

  • A Soldier’s Welcome Home

    A Soldier’s Welcome Home

    I approached my gate at O’Hare today and there was a large crowd gathered looking toward the aircraft and tarmac outside. There I saw a ground grew unloading luggage, and two fire trucks with lights blazing. Upon closer glance I realized what the crowd had stopped to watch. The firemen were lined along the baggage…

  • Dinner with a Stranger in a Strange Land

    Dinner with a Stranger in a Strange Land

    I had a random dinner with a stranger last Friday night while bellied up to the bar at the Legal Sea Foods mothership in Boston, MA. I was on my iPad. He was on his iPad. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed scribble on his screen, like cursive manuscript. This caught my…

  • Thoughts on Engaging U.S. Citizens In Their Government

    Thoughts on Engaging U.S. Citizens In Their Government

    I’ve been mulling this topic over a lot lately. It really hit home when I traveled from my insulated community in the DC suburbs back down the I-81 “technology corridor” through Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia to the rural community where I grew up… 18 miles from the nearest town in rural Alabama. The average income is…