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Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 07:34 PM PST

Thoughts on Government

by rcbouch

Damnit, Jim, I'm a biologist, not a political scientist!

I wrote this essay on the role of government a long time ago for an elective I had to take in college.  Given the disproportionate political influence of nihilistic libertarians in modern American political discourse, I now find myself frustrated enough to post it here.

This is only the first part of the essay.  My boyfriend thinks it's overly idealistic BS, and I'm kind of inclined to agree with him.  But I wanted to post it here to see what you all think.

Follow me below the fold to see the essay proper.  If you guys like it, I can post the rest.

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Sorry, Kossaks, but I'm in the middle of a hellish break-up.

I still love him, I think I always will love him.  But he thinks that my current lack of direction in life is holding him back.  Yeah, I made a lot more mistakes in that department than I would like to admit, but it still stings.

He wants to stay friends, just like I do.  But I have no idea how to make myself alright with the thought of him being with another person.  Even after four weeks (we were together for two years...not long, but still), it makes me physically sick to think about him being with somebody else.

Anyway, I have asked several people in my family for advice.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have gotten a wide range of advice, very strongly correlated with the politics of the person I asked.

Having thus figured that romance is, in spite of our pretending otherwise, a politically charged topic, I kind of want to open the floor for advice on here.


As a long time reader of Daily Kos, unashamed political junkie, and avid writer, my decision to create a Daily Kos account is certainly well past due.  Indeed, coming from Ann Arbor, I am no stranger to progressive ideals or activism.

Perhaps it is because I come from Ann Arbor, shielded from the general sea of anti-progressive insanity, that I have generally limited my own political commentaries to lengthy Facebook posts and heated conversations with my own peers.  Alternatively, as a student, I have enough writing to do anyway without going out of my way to write anything else on top of it.  Whatever the reason, I have realized the need to stand up for, and with, my generation so that our voices might be heard.

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