“Ever since I was 12 years old I have felt like I belonged to a different species. I’ve always felt human... well, mostly...but with maybe, oh, I don’t know -- some sort of unusual DNA, perhaps like in The Island of Dr. Moreau. That would explain things.”
published at Endervidualism on October 20, 2007
“[I]f there’s a key to ‘changing the world,’ I think people generally have the idea backward. Unfortunately, it seems most would rely on Control and Coercion — try as they will to hide that fact behind smiley faces and snappy slogans. They’d rely on government coercion (legislation and enforcement) to propagate their ideas.... Gandhi had a brighter idea: he said, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’”
published at Endervidualism on June 7, 2007
Part 3 of Ban the Smoking Gun of Government from Schools: “I had spent the last month making drawings of and working out design issues for the projects I intended to create this semester, as independent art students do. If I had to, I knew that I would drop the class if he didn’t let me be. He didn’t seem open to discussion. As I said, a little authority is a heady thing. ”
published at Endervidualism on February 24, 2007
“Unfair trade is yet another of the shiny slogans that festoon the spectacle of globalization like tinsel on a pole dancer. How can different regulations and practices in different countries constitute unfairness? Isn’t it the essence of trade that different countries have different things to offer – whether cheaper labor, or better technology, or more bountiful natural resources, or more welcoming business environments?”
published at Endervidualism on February 9, 2007
“Each participant will become part of the freedom systems they use. However, understanding that inevitable result and advocating the establishment and perpetuation of a system are very different things. I’m resigned to the former; I don’t foresee seriously engaging in the latter. ... I see potential harm in the comfort and opportunity for habit formation that systems offer their users. To whatever degree a system stifles or slows creative thought, because individuals think something like, ‘That’s the way it’s always been done’, it impedes progress. It presupposes that we, today, know what will be best for those living in the future. We don’t.”
published at Endervidualism on 9/15/06
"I wrote this essay during my last term as a representative on the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin’s Executive Committee for that organization’s newsletter. With the coming of the political ‘silly season’ I offer it again here, to perhaps a wider audience, in the hopes that it might encourage civility among people who purport to work toward common goals."
published at Endervidualism on 4/8/06
"People of color, religious, sexual, or ideological minorities face the same difficulties in life as well – more actually.... Yet still, in my observation at least, they hold up better psychologically and spiritually."
published at Endervidualism on 5/26/05
"I won’t put [things] off until some day in the future, when my work is done and I have time, because ... you don’t know if you even have a future." (Adult themes)
published at Endervidualism on 1/08/05
"The nature of heating with wood differs so much from the nature of heating with other fuels that I’ve been learning a number of things about technology, about time and patience, and about the nature of our relationship with nature and the world."
published at Endervidualism on 11/30/04