Monday, November 5, 2007

Enough about me, what about me?

Welcome to my new digs.

While I still have an existing website, Con Law Geek (which at the time of this writing is still down), I will probably be using that domain for some other personal uses and not blogging. Therefore, I have decided to make a home for myself over here.

The change, in many ways, is a refreshing one of sorts. When I began blogging, I had the intention of some light legal blogging with respect to constitutional law, yet I found myself frustrated for two reasons. First, my limitations of knowledge on the subject I was writing about drastically slowed down my ability to write, although each time I did, I overcame those obstacles by learning more about the material. In this case, there was always a silver lining in the clouds. Even if I never completed a blog post involving a constitutional issue, which happened more times than not, I have increased my knowledge base substantially since April 2006. That said, as I want to actually write and produce posts of my own, the pace at which this was going was unsatisfyingly slow for me.

The more frustrating aspect was that, as perhaps an unintended consequence of my developing love for political theory and study of political philosophy, my disdain for modern constitutional doctrine, already somewhat developed as a result of reading several books on consitutional law and the events and cases leading up to the transformation of constitutional doctrine in the mid-to-late 1930's, multiplied exponentially. We have gone from, to paraphrase Samuel Chase in his opinion in the landmark Calder v Bull, protecting citizens from laws that take from A to give to B to what Randy Barnett has described as a "presumption of constitutionality, where those rights not specifically enumerated in the Constituiton can be wished away by a mere democratic majority, upheld by a court so long as an argument can be made that a "rational basis" exists for a law.

As principles became more important than existing legal doctrine, I find myself looking at doctrine against principles, rather than evaluating cases and controversies and decisions in light of those doctrines. After a while, I was simply analyzing current events, social issues and other things that attracted my attention against my own libertarian principles. At that point, I stopped worrying about legal blogging at all. If something comes up, I will be sure to comment on it.

Thus, the reality is that I have moved away (and did perhaps even a year ago) from being a "Con Law Geek" and viewing myself as blogging from a legal perspective and come around to a more well-rounded style of blogging where I hope to blog on a variety of subjects and hoping to provide colorful commentary and analysis whenever I can.

This is probably not news to people who have read my work for some time, but I think that it is worth saying nonetheless for anyone who looks here for the first time. For those who do not know me, I am a 34-year old male, married with one son and hopefully another on the way. I live in New Jersey, work in NYC and am reminded everyday of the horrors of September 11 as I take the PATH train in the World Trade Center station.

My political views revolve around the concepts of natural rights (as Jefferson and Madison understood them), individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets, limited constitutional government, epistemological humility and a strong national defense that does just that. My influences are too numerous to mention, but to throw out a few - John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, FA Hayek, Thomas Jefferson, Herbert Spencer, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Randy Barnett and Richard Epstein.

The general areas of academic study I have found most interesting have traditionally been economics, finance and law. In the past twelve months or so, I have delved more into political theory, philosophy and, to a lesser extent, public policy. It has been in the last couple of months that I have, albeit slowly, began dabbling in serious foreign policy study. Given work, family, life and other writing committments, it is a slow go but one I hope to shed more perspective on as time passes.

If new readers have found me and read the title of my blog, they will know what my political persuasion is so there's little need to say more about it than I already have. My analysis and commentary will come from that perspective. Disagreements are expected if not encouraged as well as civil discourse.

Again, thanks for stopping by.


David_Z said...

Welcome back?

East Coast Libertarian said...

Yes sir.

My other blog, it appears, has blown up. I thought I'd set up shop here.