In the interest of brevity—and in an attempt to avoid undue solipsism—I’ll keep my introductory post short.
I graduated from the University of Iowa in May and plan on enrolling in graduate school next fall. My background is in journalism (I worked at The Daily Iowan in various capacities throughout my college career) and political science; my multifarious interests include: political philosophy, ideological history, democratic education, political discourse, journalism and the corporatization of news, the history of education reform, unionism, labor history, and left-libertarian coalitions. As evidenced by the Dilla video above, I love underground hip-hop. (Also: hard bop jazz and indie rock.)
Ideologically, I’m a leftist and a small-d democrat. I believe deeply in the ability of democratic citizenship to empower the marginalized. I’m a decentralist that both distrusts technocratic elites and loathes anti-intellectualism. I believe our political systems enriches elites and our workplaces are depressingly authoritarian. A bottom-up re-ordering of the present political and economic paradigm is in order. The New Left—especially as manifested in the early SDS and SNCC—is perhaps the fullest real-life articulation of my ideological proclivities. I hate vacuous, unthinking partisanship, inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom, and Thomas Friedman. My favorite writers/ commentators are Chris Hayes, Freddie deBoer, E.D. Kain, Tim Carney, Reihan Salaam, Glenn Loury, Will Wilkinson, Glenn Greenwald, Radley Balko, and Ned Resnikoff. A good bloggingheads pairing makes my day, as does a fine craft beer.
So that’s me. It’s truly a pleasure to enter such a vibrant intellectual community. My hope is that I’ll contribute a few edifying, thought-provoking blog posts every month and be relatively active in the comment section. Thanks in advance for reading.