DAY 6: Thinksquad interviews Sugashane
Thinksquad: Assume that my audience has no clue who you are as a person, tell me something about you?
- I am a non-gender, underprivileged transhum… kidding.
I’m a BizDev guy who works for multiple businesses and start ups, including some of my own. I’m a family man. I enjoy building things and wrenching on cars. Sports are fun. I like business and economics and physics, all as hobbies as well as being part of my daily work.
Thinksquad: How long have you been on tumblr?
- Over 3 years now. I think it might even be over 4.
Thinksquad: Where did the name Sugashane come from?
- I used to be a big boxing fan. Was a fan of suga shane mosley. An old lady-friend once called me that jokingly in front of my friends and it just kind of stuck.
Thinksquad: Have your ideas evolved since you have been on tumblr?
- Sort of. I had been a libertarian for as long as I understood politics, well before I graduated high school. But I found myself going towards the extreme end of anarchy about a year or 2 ago. Now, I think I believe in this advanced form of anarchism, sort of like panarchy. I’m also starting to develop this theory that anarchist can propagate their ideas through a democratic system, if it was the right type of system. This is much too complex to expand on here so I’m slowly working on a book. It’s actually more like a pamphlet. I’m about 20 pages in. Should be done by 2058.
Thinksquad: What made you create a tumblr blog in the first place? When did you decide that you were going to dedicate your blog to a cause then just your standard tumblr blog?
- I joined tumblr because I co-own a mobile app company and it’s important to be well versed in all the social media sites. Not long after I joined tumblr, I joined NBAoffseason.com. I didn’t use my tumblr much at first and then I used it for all sorts of things, like guns, cars, fashion, politics, science, etc. Now I stick mainly to politics, economics and science.
Thinksquad: Do you have any other tumblr URL’s?
- A bunch of them, yes. I still own the url’s for a couple of sports tumblrs: MLBoffseason.com and NFLoffseason.com. I also have a couple I post specific genre of posts to. One for cars, one for guns, one for fashion. The one I’d like to work more on is my Anti-IP tumblr; OpenBrainGroup.tumblr.com
Thinksquad: How are you managing a kind of newish child and one on the way with this blog?
- I don’t know, to be honest. But tumblr is very informative and very addictive so, here I am.
Thinksquad: How does your wife feel about your tumblr?
- I’m not sure if she reads it. She’s seen it. She’s cool with it. She’s also an open-minded lawyer who leans towards anarchism. So it’s all good.
Thinksquad: How do you plan on raising your children? I mean are you dropping them in a state-funded education system?
- I hope not. If I can afford it, it’s private school or home school. A friend of mine is currently writing code for his home schooling app. There are also things like Khan Academy, Youtube, and tons of free Ivy League classes online. What I’m really waiting for is CP Grey’s “Digital Aristotle” to come to fruition. My kids are far from getting into any real school, so there’s still time.
Thinksquad: What is your advice to parents?
- Don’t beat you kids. Try to explain everything to them in stead of just saying no or yes. It’s a lot of work but if you weren’t up for it, you shouldn’t have had kids to begin with. Other than that, I don’t think there’s any real “right” way to raise kids.
Thinksquad: As I recall you got a degree in philosophy? What area of study?
- I focused most of my classes on two topics; the early modern stuff like Kant, Smith, Locke, Hume and the like. The rest of my classes were on the modern philosophy of the mind. By far the most interesting classes I’ve ever taken. It’s probably why I’m a big supporter of the Singularity.
Thinksquad: Are there people on tumblr you look forward to seeing when you are scrolling?
- LA Liberty. Always brings the quality.
- eltigrechico. Dan’s where I was at 18 to 20 years old. It’s a fun and weird time in life.
- Utilitymaximizer. This kid is in high school. He’s brilliant.
- BYUlibertarian. Always calm, cool and collected.
- Conza and Anarchei. They are the LALiberty of Australia (or is it New Zealand?)
- Then there’s my favorite non-political blogs: HuffWell, streetcoyote and motherboardtv
Thinksquad: Who influenced you to create your blog’s overall message?
- I’m not sure. I guess I draw influence from a few people in the economics realm. My favorites include Bastiat, Spooner, Hayek, Hazlitt, Rothbard, Mises, Ron Paul, Jeffery Tucker, Robert Murphy, Steve Horowitz, Milton and David Friedman. Right now my thoughts and theories are really in line with Nassim Taleb. I think the man is brilliant.
Thinksquad: Do you do anything besides tumblr to further your cause?
- Hmmm. Not sure if I want to answer this… haha. I have a large collection of books and everyone I know knows it. I lend out books to all my friends on economics and political theory. I can see them all slowly turning into zombies… I mean anarchists.
- The other thing I try to do is to consult businesses or run my own in a way that’s free-market anarchist as much as possible. It’s difficult, but it is doable.
Thinksquad: I know this is a little cliché, but where do you see your blog in 5 years?
Thinksquad: Have you meet helpful people here on Tumblr?
- I don’t really interact socially around here.
Thinksquad: What are your hobbies?
- Play sports, build things from wood, wrench on my car, lots of science and physics, reading about economics and business and reading on technology. Most importantly, hang with my family. Oh, I’m buying a 3D printer later on this month, hoping to make it a hobby and eventually a business.
Thinksquad: Have you ever doubted your overall message?
- All the time. It’s the best way to strengthen and better understand your own ideas. I listen to a ton of podcasts all day everyday and I’ll catch myself spinning off of something I just heard from EconTalk, Freakonomics or and RSA podcast and thinking about it in terms of free market economics. This way of thinking is pretty much hard wired in me at this point.
Thinksquad: What message do you think is the hardest for people to accept about a free society?
- That we’d really be better off. Or that it can sort itself out. People also used to think that society would collapse without a king or that we’d all die if we left the caves. Primitive minds.
I read a study once that explained that the difference between the primitive mind and the advanced one is that the advanced mind can understand analogies and can imagine how things are without physical evidence or representation. I think that we’re currently in the middle of that biological evolution where people’s brains are beginning to advance more and more, thanks in large part to technology and teaching tools. Within a few generations people will not only grasp the concept of free markets and free societies, they will demand and implement it.
Call me an optimist.
Thinksquad: How does your family and friends feel about your ideas, do they think along the same lines as you? Anyone you close to, who doesn’t think like you?
- My family is very much in line with me. My dad’s a free market libertarian. I doubt I ever get him to swing anarchist, though. Some of my friends are anarchist, some are indifferent and some are statist to the core. I’ve converted a couple of them, so I can die a happy man. Sometimes I think my friends might think I’m way too much, but I don’t really care. I am who I am.
Thinksquad: What do you want people to know or take away from your blog?
- That spontaneous order is real and it governs the entire universe. Also that politics is the worst invention of man.
Thinksquad: If I wanted to visit you, would you be okay with showing me around your neck of the woods?
- Always. I’m a big fan of people. But get ready to help with the dishes and change a few diapers.
Thinksquad: Do you consider yourself influential?
- I consider myself to be engaging. Maybe there’s a better word for it, I can’t think of one, but people in real life do like to engage in conversation with me. But I doubt I’ve ever influenced anyone in any meaningful way. At least not in a philosophical / political matter. Which is odd since that’s what I get paid to do at work.
On tumblr? No. Especially not on tumblr. Especially if my follower count and reblogs are any indication. Honestly, the main reason I like writing on my tumblr, and this is going to sound silly, is that in case I pass before my sons are old enough, they can always read my tumblr to understand who I was or they can just upload it into my cylon. Also, because diaries are for girls.
Thinksquad: Were you always political?
I grew up listening to punk rock and underground hip hop. So yes.
Thinksquad: Were you a democrat or republican, and then changed to how you believe now?
- I registered as a libertarian as soon as I could vote. That was over a decade ago and looking back now, that was a mistake. I have no registered party now. I did switch to the GOP to vote for Ron Paul in the primaries.
Thinksquad: I read a few of your post on bitcoins how do you feel overall about them, and do you own any?
- I like the idea. It can be improved. Whatever comes after bitcoin will be the real player, once we learn from BTC’s mistakes. I also think that bitcoin and digital currency overall will help us redefine how we give value to money and how we spend it. I used to own a bunch of coin. Might switch my holdings again soon, especially if I move out of the states.
I don’t encourage anyone to “invest” in bitcoins if they want to help the system become currency. But if they want to make money, there’s billions to be made.
Thinksquad: Anything you want to learn more about or study more on?
- Yes, quantum mechanics, long-range space travel and Nassim Taleb’s antifragile theory. The one question I find myself thinking a lot about lately is about hyper speed space travel. If we were to achieve hyper speed travel or even light speed (and maybe even FTL speed, if possible), how do you avoid hitting things while moving? Does it matter if you hit anything if you’re going that fast? Can you even physically hit anything if you’re traveling at the speed of light?
Day 6 down, and we still have some more to go…hard to believe most of these people answered these questions at the beginning of October.
Thinksquad asks better questions than the NSA.