hipster libertarian

Unsolicited advice on how to write a successful research paper quickly and competently:

My classmates tell me my method is revolutionary, so I present it for your benefit. No guarantees for science papers (sorry).

  1. Pick your topic.
  2. Find books and articles on your topic. Do this at the actual library.
  3. Bring your references home. Start googling. You are not using Google to find your sources, but to find the right content within your primary sources. So, for example, I am currently writing a paper on Justin Martyr and inclusivism. I googled “Justin Martyr inclusivism” and was immediately presented with quotes which directed me to the relevant portions of his work. This cuts down on unnecessary reading time extensively.
  4. Fire up Amazon. Search for your secondary sources which are books on Amazon. Many of them will offer the “look inside” option. Use this to search for terms and names key to your topic. Even if you cannot view the results in the preview, you will get the page number and, again, will save a serious amount of time.
  5. Use to do the same thing with any books or articles which are not available to “look inside” on Amazon. Add “pdf” to your search of the work’s title for better results. If you don’t have very many good results, also be sure to use the index.
  6. Whenever you find a relevant quote or passage in a given work, mark it in your physical copy with a little post-it note. Read the surrounding paragraphs to see if they have other relevant info.
  7. Once you’ve put all your post-it notes in a given work, go back through and type (or copy from PDFs you found online) each relevant quote or fact. Put in your footnotes as you go; and sort your quotes into broad categories. When you are done, you will have a Word document with every quote and fact you need to reference in your paper. Your citations will be already done for you, and you will have familiarized yourself with your topic in the process.
  8. Now, take the assignment you were given. Use it to make an outline of your paper. Be detailed. Your outline should be at least a page long for every eight pages of paper you have to write. If you can make it even longer, do it. The current paper I’m writing is eight to ten pages; my outline was three pages; I just have to fill in the blanks.
  9. If your paper is longer than fifteen pages, drop the sourced quotes in the outline as you go. Expect a very long outline.
  10. Now, write your paper. You have already done the bulk of the work, and this part will go very quickly. For total time, from research to final edits, anticipate about one hour per page for A-quality writing at a Master’s level of research. And you’re done.
This could get weird.

This blog feels like it’s gotten a little impersonal lately, so I thought I’d swing hard in the other direction with a classic Tumblr questionnaire. I’ve actually never done one of these in the 3+ years I’ve been active on Tumblr, so here goes.

The rules, I believe, are that you message me a number and I answer that question. Imma get some dinner, and I’ll be back in a bit.

  1. Where are you from?
  2. How do you feel right now? What are you thinking about?
  3. What’s your favorite color?
  4. What’s your favorite food?
  5. What’s your favorite dessert?
  6. How old are you?
  7. What have you learned today?
  8. What was your favorite subject in school?
  9. What do you do?
  10. What are some of your favorite books?
  11. What are some of your favorite movies?
  12. What kind of music are you into?
  13. Is your house messy or clean?
  14. What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
  15. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  16. Are you married?
  17. How did you meet your spouse?
  18. Do you think it’s better to get married when you’re young or better to wait a while?
  19. Do you have any kids?
  20. Have you ever thought of adopting?
  21. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  22. How did you get into working at a political nonprofit?
  23. Would you recommend working at a political nonprofit for other people? Why / Why not?
  24. What do you do for fun?
  25. Do you like traveling?
  26. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
  27. Who are some people you’d like to meet someday?
  28. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
  29. What’s one of your favorite habits you have?
  30. What are some things that make you really happy?
  31. What are some things that make you really sad?
  32. What are some things that scare you?
  33. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
  34. Are you a religious person?
  35. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
  36. Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
  37. What was your life like growing up?
  38. What were you like in high school?
  39. Do you have any brothers or sisters? How many?
  40. What’s your favorite part about today so far?
  41. Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
  42. What’s your favorite joke?
  43. Have you ever tried sushi? Did you like it?
  44. Do you like spicy food?
  45. How do you like your steak cooked?
  46. Do you have a favorite number? Any particular reason why you like that number?
  47. If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why?
  48. What’s one of the strangest things you’ve ever done?
  49. What kind of vacations do you like?
  50. What are some of your major goals in life?
  51. What are some of your smaller goals in life?
  52. What do you like least about yourself?
  53. What embarrasses you?
  54. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
  55. What’s your earliest memory?
  56. What’s the best decision you ever made?
  57. Are you a fast typist?
  58. What do you think people think of you?
  59. What were your grades like in school?
  60. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?
  61. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  62. Have you ever taken a personality test? How did the results turn out?
  63. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
  64. Do you think people can control their own destiny?
  65. Do you think all people are equally valuable, or do you think some people in certain situations might be more valuable than others?
  66. Do you think people are basically bad or basically good?
  67. Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions, and practices of individuals or groups?
  68. Do you think God exists?
  69. Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?
  70. Do you vote? Why / Why not? If you do vote, how do you usually vote?
  71. Do you exercise regularly? If so, what’s your main form of exercise?
  72. Is torture ever a good option? If no, why not? If yes, when?
  73. Are you a good cook?
  74. What’s the most money you’ve ever given away?
  75. What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?
  76. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
  77. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  78. What do you think we could do to best improve the education system?
  79. In general, what do you think about art?
  80. What are some of your favorite websites?
  81. What’s the biggest turnoff in a man/woman?
  82. What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
  83. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
  84. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
  85. What are some of the first things you do in the morning?
  86. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
  87. Do you cry easily?
  88. How do you feel about public speaking?
  89. Do you like to talk on the phone?
  90. How many emails do you get each week, roughly?
  91. If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
  92. What’s one of your favorite questions to ask new friends or to get a conversation going?
  93. Would you ever sky dive or bungee jump?
  94. Have you ever been in a fist fight?
  95. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
  96. What did you do on your 16th birthday?
  97. What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
  98. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
  99. Would you rather be hated or forgotten?
  100. If you knew you would die tomorrow, would you feel cheated today?
Welcome Guest Editors: Inothernews & Hipster Libertarian

Today, Tumblr’s official Election blog pivots into a new phase of the 2012 election cycle, and with that maneuver comes other changes. Many, many appreciative thanks to our convention bloggers – Aminatou Sow, Bobby Finger, Jason Oberholtzer, Jayel Aheram, Meg Lanker-Simons, and Tag Savage. Stellar work all, and we’ll see you in four years.

Though it began with the conventions, the Election blog will now expand to cover all (principally national) races and related political news and commentary. To aid in this effort, the blog will feature a rotating cast of weekly guest editors selected from the Tumblr community. These guest editors will come in pairs, and we’ll do our best to recruit a broad diversity of perspectives, opinions, biases, backgrounds, styles, notoriety, and experience.

To that end, please welcome our inaugural guest editor duo: Inothernews and The Hipster Libertarian. The Election blog’s ask box and submission box remain open for business, so feel free to hit them (and us) with questions and suggestions anytime. Let’s make with the electioneering.

The Hipster Libertarian is getting married!

I think that’s so adorable in the most “You’ll be with that person forever and ever” kind of way. I wish her so much happiness. :) I hopes it’s perfect and wonderful and I don’t know why but when people get married it makes me so happy. 

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If you caught the season premiere of Saturday Night Live (hello, new Obama!), you may have noticed their Weekend Update treatment of the presidential campaigns’ courting of Latin@ voters.

The larger story, of course, can be seen in the poll numbers: Obama currently leads the coveted demographic 66% to 29%, reminiscent of his 67% to 31% lead with Hispanic voters over John McCain in 2008.

Romney is fighting back by focusing on economic issues as Obama’s failure of this audience’s communities, as the Latin@ unemployment rate continues to hover a couple percentage points higher than the national average. In that theme, the “Romney campaign has run Spanish-language television ads targeting Hispanics, including one called ‘No podemos mas’ – translated to 'We no longer can’ – that contrasts with Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, 'Yes, we can.’”

It’s immigration issues where matters get a little stickier. As the LA Times commented:

Clearly, Latinos don’t cast their votes based solely on whether a candidate supports comprehensive immigration reform or stricter enforcement. The economy, education, public safety are the top issues, just as they are for all voters. But Latinos don’t appreciate candidates who demonize immigrants either.

And while Romney himself may usually be a little too silver-tongued to outright demonize immigrants, he does campaign with people who do – notably Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who said that an electric fence should be built along the southern border to keep immigrants out because “we do this with livestock all the time.”

On that cheery note, for more background on this topic, read On the Issues’ report on Romney’s immigration policy here and view their report on Obama on this issue here.

Bonnie

P.S. What did you think of SNL’s coverage? And do you think Romney will be able to successfully court the Latin@ vote?

It’s not that Romney has abandoned his focus on the economy as the paramount issue of the campaign. But over the past few months, both in television ads and remarks to partisan audiences, the cool emphasis on his Mr. Fix-It business credentials have increasingly jockeyed for space with hot-button, base-mobilizing rhetoric. […]

Why has Romney veered from the economic script his advisers still say is enough to win the presidency? The answer is simple: the argument wasn’t enough. In a year when swing voters are a vanishing breed, tailoring a message for the political center is still sensible, but not sufficient.
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Alex Altman, “The Two Campaigns of Mitt Romney”

The whole article is worth a read.

— Bonnie

This morning, I helped Ron Paul move out of his DC apartment.

He’s had the apartment since he first came to Congress, and he was giving away of a lot of furniture and housewares instead of moving them to Texas.

So, say hello to the Ron Paul Memorial Alarm Clock, which will now grace my nightstand. In retrospect, I should have asked him to sign it.

I’ve noticed this and other Gary Johnson posts being liked a lot on Facebook from my feed, which means a lot of white men who are no longer able to support Sanders for POTUS are switching support to Gary Johnson, illustrating what we’ve long suspected of Sanders Dudes: so many have no clue. (Never mind they don’t get how Facebook works. I can see what you “like” my friends. All of it.)

The Libertarian Party in the US is basically right-wing lite with a fanatical support for free-market capitalism. You can’t say you support Sanders and then support Johnson. It makes ZERO sense. Gary Johnson’s intention is to make class more permanent and rigid, property more inaccessible to more people, and any remnant of “the commons” extinct. He’s an ultra-capitalist; many US libertarians (especially the white ones) are also socially conservative. Check out the archives on all the hipster libertarian blogs on tumblr. Most are Christian conservatives. US Libertarians are less civil libertarian than they make out. Sorry, stoners.

Judging by the people liking Gary Johnson’s delusional claim that his party’s nominees are like a comet hitting some dinosaurs (forgetting that his party’s ticket is fucking old), a lot of dudes don’t really know what this crass libertarian capitalism is all about. Let’s remind them. First, US Libertarian Party is a pseudo-intellectual fan club for Austrian School social theory and mid-20th Century, anti-socialist propaganda with a rabid, young, white support. These days the LP tries to present itself as more diverse, but it’s not really working. The LP remains a lot of old, white men with young white support who are conservative but don’t want to be affiliated with the overtly hateful tactics of the Republican Party. Added to the mix recently is the ignorant ancap. Overall, they’re basically conservatives who fantasize about what the free market could do were it actually free. So, hyper-racist, hyper-patriarchal, hyper-private societies based in everything becoming an economic good that is a kind of private property and with gleeful nationalism added. 

Quite frankly, I just think these Sanders fans who are liking what Johnson has to say are looking for old white men to support.