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.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Grow Up


Having finished Ezra Klein's interview with George Will, I have only one question:

Why does anyone worship "The Founders"?

Yes, I believe the American Revolution was a mistake. And I'm not arguing that anyone at the time should have held out for a Constitution that abolished slavery, gave women the vote, enshrined equal marriage, etc. That wasn't going to happen then.

But this is 2019. We know more now. We know better now. We don't think that fully half the population should be subjugated. We don't think anyone should own another human being.

So why do we defer anything at all to what these white dudes "intended" hundreds of years ago? We need to grow up and live here, now. Make the country and world better than it is, not try to revert to what it was.

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