BulletproofBrony, Ace Law Student

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Joined Nov 13, 2011 at 12:58PM EST


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About
I’m 22 years old and a graduate of the University of Georgia in history and political science. I recently finished my senior thesis with a research grant from the Center of Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Counter-Enlightenment thought. I won the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha essay contest in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs on the question of whether American culture tends to emphasize being an individual over being a citizen. The essay can be read here.

I am attending the Duke University School of Law. I will graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2017.

I am a prolific writer. My friend and I frequently write essays in politics, philosophy, history, and world events.

Religiously, I am a Christian as a member of the Church of Christ at Oglethorpe. I do not believe that miracles occur in the modern day, that God “speaks” to individuals in the modern day except through the Bible, or that religious belief is a justification for political policy. In fact, I believe the two should be strictly separated.

That brings us to the next section: politics. I am a capitalist. That means I believe that the only reason any government should exist is the protection of the individual rights of its citizens. In essence, I believe that each man (or woman) is the owner of himself (or herself), and that to infringe on that ownership (i.e. to violate another’s rights) is the only thing the government has the authority to regulate. Anything more than that becomes a violation of man’s self-ownership in and of itself.
Fluttershy is my favorite pony.

I find Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones inexplicably attractive:



I’m also a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge.

My favorite movie score is from How to Train Your Dragon:



Political drama is, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite movie genres. Some of my favorite movies include Lincoln, Charlie Wilson’s War, Amazing Grace (2006), and The King’s Speech.

I think everyone should see the final Twilight movie (I went with my girlfriend -- she watches it for the lulz too) just to hear Kristen Stewart’s vampire sex talk. It’s side-splittingly hilarious.

I think Wreck-It Ralph deserved the Oscar for best animated film over Brave -- by a lot.

Even so, I love that Brave introduced me to Julie Fowlis. I want to use this song as a lullaby for future children -- it’s fantastic:



I’ll add more as I think of it, but you can also ask random questions and I may pick a few to field.

Recent Activity

Commented on d2a.png

This is a song about a whale… NO! This is a song about being happy. That’s right.

Oct 16, 2014 at 11:08PM EDT

Commented on Islamic State (IS)

NYT just released that we did find chemical WMDs in Iraq. Our own. In a territory now controlled by the IS.

Guys. Are we the baddies?

Oct 15, 2014 at 12:47AM EDT

Commented on #wakeupcall

Thoughts:

1. Insofar as campaigns like this actually get people to donate and aren’t just you’re typical “raising awareness” campaign about something that most people are already aware about, it’s good.

2. Whether donating money to UNICEF will avail much is uncertain. Charities of this sort are only capable of doing so much (e.g., Haiti in the western hemisphere, or Sudan in Africa). This is not to say that it will avail nothing, but that it does not get at the heart of the problem -- the war, and consequently, the role of the IS and Assad in this war. At most, it’s like a bilge pump in a ship with punctured hull -- it addresses the effects, not the source.

3. This may be the best and only way for private individuals who want to help to be able to help. The war will have to be solved by the various governments now involved (and it’s a complicated issue to solve, with a lot of forces at play). As a result, I see no harm in donating. (Also, I recognize UNICEF is part of the UN, but it’s not a governmental solution in the normal sense.)

(3a, As this is an issue for governments principally, there may come a point in which aid workers must be asked to return home. We’ve seen several; aid workers and journalists be captured and beheaded already. Thus, solving the problem itself may require tough cutbacks, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come.)

Oct 09, 2014 at 03:55PM EDT

Commented on Bill Maher

He’s the leftist version of Bill O’Reilly, but that doesn’t make his or Bill O’Reilly’s points wrong. There’s a lot of ad hominems floating around. I’d suggest giving him a look. His style is often obnoxious and rife with fallacies and strawmen, but that doesn’t mean it always is.

With regard to Islam, he makes some interesting points about whether Western liberalism (and even conservatives in the West tend to fall under the a class of classical liberals, though not always, just as leftists don’t always) and mainstream Islam around the world are compatible or at odds. It’s a fair inquiry.

Oct 08, 2014 at 06:57PM EDT

Commented on f6d.jpg

I’m feeling so many feels right now that it’s hard to describe the feel I’m feeling. But if I had to describe it, I say it feels something like this:

Oct 05, 2014 at 02:20AM EDT

Commented on GamerGate

My girlfriend (see Caro) plays video games far more than I do -- essentially with me playing none and she playing every Nintendo game ever. I start telling her a story about some Smash Bros. feature I just learned about, and she tells me she knew about it for months. She fits into that “hardcore” gaming category, and I’m not even a casual (not while in law school, anyway).

So yeah. To hell with gender roles, and to the people who fault western society -- which has broken them and allowed everyone to basically do their own thing (with some outstanding exceptions to be addressed) -- for more or less imagined general claims (and even the outlying legitimate claims) of bigotry.

Oct 03, 2014 at 09:38PM EDT

Commented on Kropotkin is best pony.

I was being facetious by pointing out how 1. Twilight sees book, 2. Twilight reads book, 3. Twilight fundamentally alters life based on book.

Oct 03, 2014 at 08:49PM EDT

Uploaded an image to his profile.

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Sep 30, 2014 at 06:33PM EDT

Commented on How Dark Pit feels

It’s a doctored picture from Little Rock, Arkansas when the schools were being desegregated with the Little Rock Nine.

Little Rock was desegregating following the order from Brown v. Board. There were no major issues of violence or hostility to the measures at first. However, Gov. Faubus and the Arkansas legislature were determined to disallow integration, so Faubus sent in the Arkansas National Guard to prevent it. As a result of government officials acting as they did (along with the “Southern Manifesto” from southern congressmen opposing Brown), there was more disruption and violence than if it had simply been allowed. Einsenhower eventually nationalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent in the 101st Airborne to desegregate the school.

TL;DR: Dark Pit is being compared to a black child in the Jim Crow South. People hating on Dark Pit are being compared with racists.

Sep 28, 2014 at 11:24PM EDT

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