I teach economics in high school and at a local junior college. I have returned to blogging from several years hiatus. I intend to focus primarily on issues of economics, interspersed with commentary on foreign affairs and policy.
I read extensively on areas including ancient and military history, philosophy, and economics. My political/philosophical influences would include: Aristotle, Locke, Rand, Hayek, et al. Ever since I picked up Road to Serfdom as a freshman in college (on my own, much to my professors’ dismay!!) I never looked back.
Philosophically, I recognize the following inalienable truths:
- Man is free: to think , to act, to be.
- Man is rational and thinking, and only he alone knows what is in his best interest.
- Man is free to interact with whomever he pleases, for whatever purpose.
- Property is man’s to do with as he pleases.
- A free man and his property are the only source of prosperity.
- Government’s sole purpose to protect man’s freedom and property.
- Actions by a government that limit freedom and destroy property are evil.
- Group identity, collective thought, or determinism is contradictory to human nature.
- Profit and material gain in pursuit of personal happiness is the greatest good, both individually and for society.
- Free market capitalism, free trade and mutual beneficial exchange is the natural order, and it is only altered by state force.
I have a BA in Economics from Sonoma State and a MA in Education from Cal State Northridge. Outside of academics and intellectual pursuits, I spend my free time fishing. My passions are light tackle surf fishing including fly fishing, and coastal kayak fishing. Expect the serious posts to be occasionally interrupted with fishing posts.
I have been teaching high school for thirteen years and at the community college for two. Soon I will begin an EdD program, at a school to be determined shortly.
The obvious duality of my professional life juxtaposed to my personal philosophy might be a disqualifying factor. I disagree. It is not the circumstances of one’s position, but rather the understanding of them that makes the difference. I, unlike so many with whom I work, harbor no misconceptions about my employment: wages, conditions, et al.
Sometimes earlier in life we make decisions that later in life we cannot alter, and we must sometimes accept the internal discord which arises. It is not a contradiction, but a revelation.