Driving Values

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Agnos­tic human­ism pro­vides the foun­da­tion of my values.

The cul­tur­al and struc­tur­al trans­for­ma­tions I cur­rent­ly desire most are:

  • To stop pol­lu­tion, extrac­tive cap­i­tal­ism, and the glob­al car­bon-fuelled cli­mate emergency.
  • To dis­man­tle white suprema­cy — par­tic­u­lar­ly the vio­lence and eco­nom­ic exploita­tion being enact­ed right now against indige­nous peo­ples and the descen­dants of enslaved persons.
  • To pre­vent geno­cide and car­ry out our moral respon­si­bil­i­ty to wel­come immi­grants — As a U.S. cit­i­zen, I feel par­tic­u­lar­ly charged in these times of cli­mate emer­gency to pay atten­tion to human rights abus­es against would-be asylees, immi­grants, and all those who have been swept up by the Bor­der Patrol, ICE, and oth­er branch­es of law enforce­ment, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship or doc­u­men­ta­tion status.
  • To dis­man­tle the police state and prison-indus­tri­al complex.
  • To stop the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and bring health equi­ty and repro­duc­tive jus­tice to all.
  • To dis­man­tle fas­cist move­ments and rein­vent our demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nance to increase jus­tice, heal­ing, and equality.

Addi­tion­al­ly, I oppose ableism, homo­pho­bia, trans­pho­bia, misog­y­ny, and fatphobia.

As a pro­fes­sion­al, my work per­for­mance is also dri­ven by:

  • Pride in per­form­ing sub­stan­tive work and doing it well.
  • Desire to serve and gen­uine lik­ing for clients.
  • Sat­is­fac­tion in iter­a­tive­ly improv­ing a process.
  • Per­son­al enjoy­ment from work­ing on broad, deep puz­zles — research, strat­e­gy devel­op­ment, writ­ing lengthy per­sua­sive documents.
  • Per­son­al enjoy­ment in mak­ing every­thing match — assem­bling, proof­ing, check­ing for con­sis­ten­cy, for­mat­ting, etc.

“…if peo­ple are win­dow-shop­ping at the store of civ­il lib­er­ties, you don’t denounce them and say ‘why don’t you care about these oth­er issues?’ — you invite them inside and make a sale on a broad­er range of con­cerns, from Guan­tanamo Bay abus­es to the need to pros­e­cute torturers.”