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New Zealand, Old Soul

Freedom camping is ubiquitous in New Zealand. Pull up in a “verified self-contained camper” (meaning a camp ready vehicle) and voila— you can camp in most anywhere in the country. While it does not sound particularly exciting, for a Californian like myself, it is surprising to be in a place where the campsites are not…

Reagan the environmentalist

Once upon a time, Republicans could win statewide elections in California. In 2018, as the Republican Party becomes increasingly irrelevant in a state that once produced many of its most important leaders, it is worth reflecting on milestones set by California Republicans and their specific contributions to state governance and environmental policy. There is a…

Oh, California: Ruminations on the midterms

The 2018 midterms provided no lack of interesting and relevant observations. In California, however, one observation in particular dominated the narrative — the entrenchment of the Golden State as the farthest left state in the union when taking into account local, state and federal representatives. Congressional elections even in traditionally Republican, suburban, upper-middle class districts…

Department of Bureaucracy

Presently, I am reading Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography, written in 1913, five years after he left the White House. In it, he lucidly characterizes the tradition of the citizen-politician. “I did not then believe, and I do not now believe, that any man should ever attempt to make politics his only career. It is a dreadful…