I’m not sure how many of you are aware of my present circumstances so I ought to bring you up to date.
I’m living in San Antonio again. I am also actively pursuing my Master’s in History and fully plan on getting my PhD after that. I spent enough time in corporate America to know that what I really am supposed to do in life is teach history. My plans for the next twelve months are like this:
This summer I will travel first back to the ‘Stans: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. I’m working on a project regarding the ancient city of Merv during the era of the Seljuk Turks. That is May and June.
In June I will get on a bus and ride south towards Belize, stopping in Mexico City to see friends and then to Taxco to see my cousins. Finally, I will be working for a six weeks on an archeological dig near Xunantunich, Belize. I will also be helping some anthropologists out on some of their projects. All of this is for credit. When I return in the fall I will then, more than likely, be a teaching assistant in Urbino, Italy for that semester. Then I will return home, write my Master’s thesis and look for a PhD program.
In the last two years I’ve changed. I’ve learned some things. Learned some new ways of thinking ideas and problems through. I’ve also become much, much more socialist. I lean hard towards more little “d” democracy, smaller, more local autonomy and solutions will be better for the people in the long term. While, if the USA wants to remain a going concern it needs more large scale socialist projects, in the sense that we need government working on bigger projects, government re-nationalizing the airlines, government taking some serious hard looks at transportation infrastructure and building more tracks. Government looking at laying fiber, because cable companies aren’t going to. Seriously when it’s easier to deal with the DMV than your cable company free enterprise has stopped being free. But I have absolutely ZERO faith any of this will happen.
I doubt with all of my reading–which is about 1 book every other day right now–I’ll be doing many think pieces. You need to go read Ian for that kind of stuff. You’ll mostly just get reactions from me. I wish I could offer you more, but my brain is really stretched to the limit right now.
On occasion you will get a think piece, but it will mostly be informed by the study of history and more often than not it will be international in character. That being said, you are welcome to read any and all of my academic papers, if you wish. Just ask. I’ve written several already.
Why do I mention all this? Well, domestic American politics is a wasteland. We’re slowing sliding into a strange hybrid of Huxley and Orwell, with a smattering of Gibson thrown in for good measure and I’m dubious that much can be done about it. As Numerian said several years ago: economically it’ll be neo-feudalistic.
Boy, was he proven right. What I really care about, and why I founded The Agonist way back in 2002 for, was international events. So, we’re moving back into that directions. Hope you come along for the ride!