Category Archives: Models

Hear me on America Out Loud’s After Dark: How Pollution Destroys Life, Liberty, and Property

on April 3, 2024 in Audio, Freedom, Leadership, Models, Nature

On my seventh appearance on After Dark with Rob and Andrew, I share how I’ve been diving into conservative history, thought, philosophy, and community. Both hosts have been on my podcast and I meet Rob periodically in person in Manhattan, where he lives too. About the hosts: Rob is the founder of The Multicultural Conservative Foundation, whose mission is to promote the political diversity of conservatism through social media. He[…] Keep reading →

Everyone should change except me.

on March 30, 2024 in Models

I see the statement Everyone should change except me. as one that defines our time. We recognize the problems. Like traffic, we all contribute to them, but also like traffic, we feel like they—other people—cause it and we’re caught in a mess of their making. Of course we cause traffic as much as anyone. We cause our cultural and environmental problems too. We could change.

Being Dick Fosbury and Debbie Brill

on January 23, 2024 in Fitness, Leadership, Models

I’ve described what I’m doing practicing sustainability as being an explorer, the Wright brothers, and Roger Bannister. Each comparison had sense, but I think I found a better one: Being like Richard Fosbury creating the Fosbury Flop. He invented a better way to do the high jump. The videos below show how people did it before him and how he developed a new way. Compared to old ways, it looked[…] Keep reading →

I’m pointing to a brighter future. They keep looking at my hand.

on January 12, 2024 in Models, Perception

I finally found how to describe how the New Yorker and other outlets covered me: I’m pointing to a brighter future. They keep looking at my hand. The New Yorker wrote how I have dirt under my fingernails, which you get when you dig deep. I can’t blame anyone. It’s no one else’s responsibility for me to be understood. My book should help change this outcome, where I can clarify[…] Keep reading →

What we can learn from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “these difficult years have forged an even closer bond between us than ever before.”

on December 20, 2023 in Models

Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived in a culture whose values he disagreed with. He could have dropped his values. It would be easier and more comfortable not to have to push against resistance. He didn’t. He chose to live by his values, even when it was hard. One result was that he couldn’t spend time with his family in person. Did that separation mean they loved each other less? Did it deprive[…] Keep reading →

Thoughts watching Bonhoeffer (2003)

on December 13, 2023 in Leadership, Models

I wrote the notes below while watching the documentary Bonhoeffer (2003) directed by Martin Doblmaier. I want to learn from history to apply what people did to now. I don’t want to sleepwalk into disaster that everyone can see happening. The tens of millions of people dying today annually from pollution and being displaced from their homes to get the fuel and minerals under their land are being killed not[…] Keep reading →

Some People Value the Invisible Hand and Devalue a Helping Hand

on October 27, 2023 in Models

I think there are a lot of people who consider it virtuous to help people through Adam Smith’s invisible hand but crippling to give them a helping hand. That is, I think they consider it magnanimous to act selfishly and mean or debilitating to help people directly. I can see how they get there. I think in their minds they think they’re concluding what they should do from first principles,[…] Keep reading →

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