I’m Marcus. I currently reside in the sprawling metropolis of Effingham, SC, with my wife, Alex. I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky, and also minored in Mathematics (though I still treasure the subject, it took some time before I was able to frankly evaluate which language mattered more.) In retrospect, the decision should not have been so difficult.
I am half Hispanic, which should not imply Spanish fluency. I can precariously interpret if called for, but otherwise, I have not mastered it or any other language. I would like to further myself in Spanish but I am readily distracted by the beauty of the English language. Not that I loved Spanish less, but that I love English more.
The Blog, Political Thoughts
I began this blog with the presumption that intelligent conservatism is–perhaps contrary to popular opinion–not an oxymoronic fantasy in an increasingly liberal age. Still, I do not think my political persuasion could be summed by a party or of set of positions. I feel that political decisions are best made in absence of a party, and am most frustrated when Republicans (as distinct from conservatives, with a lowercase “c”) endorse views that comport with some vacuous sense of religious morality. You might call me a Libertarian, but I’m afraid that term has simply not come into fashion yet.
As far as my blogging is concerned, I frequently call out what is wrong with government instead of suggesting what it should do to correct itself (generally the solution is simple: leave it alone). However, if you follow the blog carefully, you are likely to see that I approach topics from a Janus-like position. Some articles are more obviously “partisan,” perhaps like something you’d read from WaPo, whereas others try to channel some degree of philosophic inquiry.
I truly believe, like Socrates and Tolstoy, that human acknowledgement of its own ignorance constitutes the most humble and profound of all realizations. Bertrand Russell gave a more nuanced version of the state of things when he said “The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” So am I a conservative? I am, indeed, I am. But perhaps only superficially. I am willing to accept arguments of all perspectives, and I hope that shows in my work.