About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Idealism Kills

In 2008, Democrats had the biggest landslide imaginable. They had, for a while 60 seats in the Senate. 

Even with all that, they barely passed Obamacare. I watched the votes live, on pins and needles. 

If Dems had demanded more, they certainly would have lost. And I would be dead.

It isn't, of course, all about me. Countless people are dead now and more will die unnecessarily in the future because people voted for Jill Stein in PA, MI, and WI in 2016. Same for Nader in Florida in 2000.

In a center-right country, with the Electoral College and the unrepresentative Senate, realism is the only thing that makes progress. Realism saves lives. Idealism kills.

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