Notes From An American Prisoner: An Ode To Fyodor Dostoevsky

I am a loving man, soulless by disposition; a forgiving man, vindictive by circumstance. I am an innocent man, but I am a monster. Another might say I am two men, or even say I am no man at all. But what another says is of little consequence. Do I believe good exists in the world? Not proportionately to the injustices of the world. I admit, however, of the good that does exist, I have experienced very little, and understand even less. Read Brandon's full essay at the following link.

Republicans Are Still Trapped in a Silent Film Era

In Billy Wilder’s 1950 film classic Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond is a silent film star who stubbornly refuses to adapt to an evolving industry that suddenly includes sound, ultimately inducing her own irrelevance and destruction. The Republican Party is Norma Desmond’s modern political incarnation. Read Brandon's full op-ed at

Personal Essay: My Unusual Libertarian Journey

How did certain life experiences lead me to reform my political philosophies? Can progressive socioeconomic concerns be remedied through voluntary exchange and liberalized markets? I explore these things and more in my latest essay at Salon.

One-Act Play: "Petal By Petal"

The following is a one-act play about drug and alcohol addiction. I wrote it in 2000. It is available to anyone that wishes to use it for educational or non-profit purposes. It can be read at the following link.

Film Review: Sacha Gervasi's 'Hitchcock'

Alfred Hitchcock is back in all his enigmatic and suspenseful glory. Well, kind of. In the star-studded biopic “Hitchcock,” director Sacha Gervasi (see the wonderful film “Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) brings the arduous making of “Psycho” to cinematic life in a straightforward yet spookily pleasant new comedy-drama surely to amuse the curious and depraved, as well as resurrect the age old inquiry: is Hollywood too bureaucratic? Read the rest of my review at Washington Times Communities.

GOP Slow To Turn Social Media Curve

For almost a decade the Democratic Party has vanquished Republicans in the world of internet fundraising and branding, a trend spearheaded by former Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean. During the fourth quarter of 2003, Dean raised more than $15 million, setting a DNC record and singlehandedly revitalizing the progressive base. Read the full column at PoliticIt.

Occupy Wall Street Has Vindicated the Tea Party

Regardless of one's feelings toward the Tea Party or policies it advocates, Tea Partiers have at least, during their short existence, conducted themselves relatively peacefully and responsibly. Read my latest op-ed at The Washington Examiner

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