I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy, and bite scoundrels.
The articles I write are based on, and attempt to justify, my individualist (as in Stirner’s egoism) moral philosophy, absurdist approach to existence, and a class-conscious economic views.
My radical individualism tends to manifest itself in my writing as polemics against the state, capitalism, and subjugation in all forms. I have special hatred for things like prisons, borders, wage labour, marriage control, and essentialist ideas from racism to speciesism. Needless to say, I have found much commonality with various currents of anarchism.
Some tips for following my writing at reduced noise levels:
Instead of subscribing to the main atom feed which includes every article I publish (even the stupid ones), subscribe to the features atom feed which only includes the higher-quality (but usually longer) articles.
Only interested in my thoughts on a specific topic or topics? Every category has its own feed. For example, if you are only interested in my articles on religion, you could subscribe to the feed at americancynic.net/tags/religion/atom.xml.
Only interested in my high-quality thoughts on a specific topic? There are feeds for those, too. If you only want to read featured articles on religion, for example, subscribe to americancynic.net/tags/religion/atom-features.xml.
This weblog is lovingly marked up by hand with the help of Haml (for HTML templates), Sass (for CSS management), the semantic.gs stylesheet (for laying out columns), and Asciidoc (for actually marking up log entries).
I maintained my first weblog in the late 1990’s while I was in high school. I manually added each entry to the top of the log using a WYSIWYG word processor.
In the early 2000’s I restarted my log based on a simple PHP+MySQL publishing system I wrote. I spent all my time fixing my spaghetti code and none of it writing anything interesting.
Sometime around 2003 I gave up and decided I would first write a clean AtomPub server which could be configured as weblog, a wiki, or a message board, and 'then' I would start writing.
Almost ten years later I had written almost no code, but a series of events (watching the Arab spring on the internet > my three-month hike on the Appalachian Trail during the summer of 2011 > getting arrested at Occupy Denver) both motivated me to start writing and gave me a focus. So I abandoned my perfectionist dreams of a homespun publishing platform and quickly set up this weblog in January 2012.
All of the articles here which predate Jan. 2012 are backported from my Facebook notes.