"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain." ~ Frederic Bastiat
Neil D. is a recovering republican (to be used in the same context as "recovering alcoholic"). He thanks Erik P. from Penn State for taking the first steps to help him free his mind.
I live in San Diego, California, but that is not my home. It is only a temporary place to keep my things and to provide a semi-permanent residence for my far-less-transient-than-me wife. I don't know if I even have a "home" anymore.
By day, I travel to exotic locales and repair exotic scientific instruments. By night, I play whatever electronic game has captured my interest recently, or read all those books that I was supposed to have read when I was in school.
Chemistry (B.S. 2005, Pennsylvania State University, M.S. 2008 University of Pittsburgh).
I learn things recreationally, despite not being very good at it.