Although my intention is to offer objective analyses, I won’t hide my predilections. On politics, I lean libertarian, which means I usually vote Republican. But not always. A sensible, fiscally responsible Democrat will often win my support. On foreign policy, I depart from modern libertarianism, with its isolationist tendencies, and favor a strong defense, for ourselves and for our allies and friends, for without allies and friends, defending ourselves becomes more difficult and complicated. On legal issues, I practice and take a keen interest in intellectual property and First Amendment law. I oppose legal preferences based on inherent traits, such as race or sex. My libertarian propensities makes me an advocate of individual liberty.
On culture, I am a dedicated eclectic. I admire the novels of Ayn Rand and Tom Wolfe; the art of Degas, Monet, and Renoir; and the comedy of Saturday Night Live. Apart from my wife and daughters, I believe Catherine Deneuve is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. I liked the first two seasons of 24, before it went downhill. I’m addicted to Homeland, but I live in dread that it will follow the same fate.
I have the best day job in the world, practicing law at Harvey Siskind LLP, a small collegial San Francisco law firm, with colleagues I like and respect. I especially like the fact that they tolerate my literary activities, and don’t mind too much when I put it bluntly.