I have a Ph.D. in physics and am doing a second one in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. In between the two, I was a freelance writer, antiwar activist, and foreign policy commentator. I wrote two books about the War on Terror back in the early aughts and went to Iraq twice in 2004. I started Empire Notes in January 2004 and, after initially blogging pretty frequently, I eventually settled down to a weekly commentary, which I did for almost six years. Although the occupation of Iraq was the biggest single topic and foreign policy was the main focus, I wrote often on domestic politics as well. I put the blog on hiatus in February 2010, and have only used it sporadically since.
There is a great deal of old material on the blog, which I am slowly posting to the WordPress database. Until then you can access old material at http://www.empirenotes.org/archives.html.
I am contemplating reviving the blog once again, so stay tuned.
Comments are on moderation, mostly to keep spam off the page. I do reserve the right to bounce comments for racist, sexist, etc. language, threats of violence, signs of insanity or extreme stupidity, or obvious trolling. I have no problem with you linking to your site or to something you write, if it’s even slightly relevant, but will bounce obvious marketing. I love comments that disagree with me using facts and logic. I also hope (call me crazy) to foster the occasional insightful, civil (but not overly civil) discussion.
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