"If the major opportunities for future growth of government lie in the area of conventional taxation, are there any defenses available to the citizenry? ... Perhaps the most fruitful advice comes in two parts. The first piece of advice is to avoid war and the rumor of war: this is history's greatest boon to the tax man. ... The second piece of advice is to seek ways of inhibiting government's ability conveniently to increase its collections. Possibly the very increase in that ability that is in prospect can be turned to account by a constitutional provision which forbade the income tax, and perhaps even the storage of information regarding individual incomes by third parties, including government." ~ Benjamin Ward
I grew up in New City, NY - about 20 miles north of New York City - in a loving and nurturing environment. I loved sports, and played most of them, focusing on track and field in high school. I did well in high school finishing my senior year with mostly AP classes - the best by far was my physics class with Mr. Neumann.
I spent four years at Penn State, studing Electrical Engineering and competing in the decathlon on the Track and Field team. I met and fell in love with my wife, Margot, during our sophomore year.
After school we moved to Minnesota where our four daughters where born, and where we lived for 12 years.
Being fed up with taxes and politics, I fortunately discovered the Free State Project in 2003. After a vist to the first PorcFest in 2004 my wife and I decided to move to New Hampshire and join the project.
We moved in early 2005 and have never regretted the decision.
My focus is on my family - four beautiful girls and my wonderful wife. Homeschooling has brought a focus and intense interest in the learning process - what is necessary, what is sufficient, how if can be done.
The question of how can one raise healthy, happy, independant children is of primary interest to me.
I've been designing software since my early teens. I do it professionally and as a hobby. I'm currenlty most interested in web based applications, but I'm always playing with something new.
Music and literature have always been a big part of my life. From Rush to Ayn Rand to Nana Mouskouri to Victor Hugo, there are too many favorites to list here.
I'm currenlty focused on what I call 'The Art of Liberty', and trying to find and promote artists whose messages resonate with a free life. If there's any chance of liberty taking hold, a culture of liberty will need to be built up to support it. Hopefully, I can help contribute to this.
Other random interests that I have are:
- mysterious and unexplained phenomena - which I've been fascinating with as far back as I can remember
- technology and science - all kinds
- self-sufficency (yes I know no one can be fully self-sufficient - perhaps preparedness is better)
I have always enjoyed physical activity and sports. For general fitness I play games with my girls and do Crossfit in my garage.
I currently spend more time rock climbing than anything else. I love volleyball, and up until a year ago I had been playing it year round for almost 20 years. My heart belongs to track and field even though I don't participate at the moment. I hope to run in some Masters competitions in the future.
You can find out more at: ActiveMind.com
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