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Please feel free to enjoy these facts about me!

Here are some of my views, in case you're curious (or looking for something to disagree with me about).

Philosophical views
Political views

⚠️Whether you lean "left", "right", or some other direction, you are probably going to disagree with me about some of this stuff. I hope we can still be friends! Please trust that I want us all to thrive. I'm sure there are some things I'm wrong about.

I'm a member of the American Solidarity Party. My views on some specific U.S. issues:
  • I favor making it very easy to legally immigrate to the U.S. I want the border between the U.S. and Mexico to be similar to the border between Texas and New Mexico. I don't think any special excuse or reason should be required to become a U.S. citizen.
  • I support a ban on the destruction of human embryos in laboratories, e.g. in the context of stem cell research or in vitro fertilization. I think we all have dignity and value that doesn't depend on the circumstances of our conception, and I respect persons conceived in vitro as equals, whether they are embryos or adults.
  • I favor repealing the second amendment. In the meantime, I support strict gun control laws that are consistent with the second amendment.
  • I support a ban on abortion. I think we should use nonviolent methods to support pregnant women. I support government-funded pregnancy centers, and I think the government should ensure that all employed new mothers have access to paid maternity leave. (Here's a relevant blog post. See also: What's My Pro-Life Line?)
  • I favor abolishing capital punishment. I also think the prison system is greatly overused. People who commit crimes should face consequences, but years of imprisonment is extreme.
  • I support a ban on physician-assisted suicide and all forms of euthanasia.
  • I favor giving every citizen the right to vote, regardless of age or criminal history. Yes, I'm serious, regardless of age. (Here's a relevant Vox article.)
  • I favor making adultery illegal, at least in cases where the non-participating spouse disapproves. I also favor making it more difficult to get a divorce. For example, I don't think it should be possible to get a divorce if your spouse wants to remain married and hasn't done anything wrong. I think marriage is more than a contract; I think the law currently treats it as less than a contract.
  • I support extensive government regulations and programs designed to protect the environment.
  • I oppose civil same-sex marriage institutions. I recognize that there is nothing shameful about being gay or lesbian or bisexual. I think sexual minorities are among those most harmed by same-sex marriage. I support legislation that protects sexual minorities from unjust discrimination and harrassment.
  • I oppose torture. More generally, I oppose almost all violent actions performed by the U.S. military. I am grateful for the service of those members of the military who honorably and ethically defend the country.
  • I support constitutional originalism.
  • I support extensive welfare programs.
  • I support serious free speech protections at public universities. I think that in most cases, the best response to objectionable speech is respectful dialogue and persuasive counterspeech rather than punishment, censorship, or ostracization.
  • I oppose efforts by the NSA to weaken widely-used cryptographic software.
I'd be happy to chat about any of this stuff in person.