Visit my homepage. I am a polymath and a rōnin scholar with interests in many areas, including political science, economics, history, and philosophy. I've been writing about all of these topics, and others, for the past two decades.
Creating a Public Health System that can Better Respond to a Crisis
The public health system needs a lot of work, and there are so many different ways to improve it. I've mentioned improving practices in the past, but now I'd like to focus on how the public health system responds, or fails to respond, to crises, and how we can improve the system as a whole. Some of these ideas will be easy to implement, while others could take years, or even generations, but we need to start somewhere. While there are many areas of interest for reform, a large portion of this article focuses on improving efficiency.
COVID-19 is an Exercise in Government Control
When this novel coronavirus first emerged, various conspiracy theories soon followed. Some began claiming that the virus was manufactured. Perhaps it escaped from a Chinese lab near Wuhan. Or perhaps the Chinese government even released it into the population themselves!
Meet Buster II, my new Sourdough Starter
This bread was the first loaf I that I made with Buster II, my new sourdough starter. Why Buster II? When I was going to college, I made a starter named Buster. I have no idea why I named them Buster honestly, except that I consider a sourdough sponge to be very much a pet.
The Coronavirus Lockdown is Changing Trends in Population Level Psychology
I'm a fan of using whatever tools we have available for collecting data, especially when the methods don't reveal any personal information of individuals. When I first started writing about the potential effects of the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing efforts, I took a look at some Google Search trends, focusing on the United States, in part because that's where I am, and also because that's where we're seeing a lot of new cases.
Warning: Fake Coronavirus Information Being Spread
While looking through my Facebook posts, I was disappointed to see, though not entirely surprised to see, a significant piece of misinformation surrounding COVID-19. The information supposedly came from Johns Hopkins, but I cannot imagine that such gross misinformation would come from there.
Why I Love Passive Voice
One should use passive voice, when it is reasonable to use it. Unfortunately, "they" tell us not to use passive voice, when writing in English.
Do We Need General Philosophy to Argue for Anarchism?
Generally arguments for anarchy rely on philosophy of rights and ethics. Proudhon's discussion on property is a good example. Similarly Ayn Rand argued for limited government, due to the consequence of large government violating our fundamental rights. The problem with using such general philosophical arguments is that it can be very difficult to build a common foundation. As far as I see it, government violates the basic rights of bodily autonomy and selective inaction, but justifying that vision to others requires that they understand rights in the same way that I do.
Trump's "Chinese Virus" Comments are Simply Trollish
People have been quite vocal about the usage of terms like "Chinese Virus." While I have to admit I find it amusing that people have an issue with such usage. After all there are many other diseases that are named after regions, such as MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) and Zika, which is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. Does anyone think that MERS is antisemitic or Islamophobic?