A History of Liberalisms
My history of the most influential ideas, thinkers, philosophies, and political forces that have coalesced to create the modern philosophies of (classical) liberalism. Liberal philosophies are characterized by a laissez-faire approach to economics, emphasis on the importance of legal private property, epistemological non-justificationism, contractarianism, methodological individualism, skepticism towards centralized power and knowledge, critiques of State and corporate power, focus on emergent institutions and distributed knowledge, positive sum world views (our ability access to resources improves as human knowledge expands, reducing scarcity over time), and the centrality of both non-aggression and liberty in ethics. There are many philosophies today which share most of these fundamental characteristics and they often influence each other. My hope is to tell a poly-causal story of the history of liberalisms that emphasizes how institutions and ideas change in tandem. This book is not a history of liberalism in the singular, but rather an exploration of the many liberalisms, past and present, as articulated by the most erudite thinkers in the liberal traditions and as understood by their critics. I hope to tell a story, not of Great Men or even neccesarily of Great Ideas, but a story of institutions.
A History of Paramedicine in the United States
This project is currently in 'pre-production.'
This series is about the forgotten history of a one of the most fundamental social infrastructures in the United States: Emergency Medical Services. Today we take it for granted that when you dial 9-1-1 from any city in the U.S. due to a medical emergency, trained medical professionals will quickly arrive in an automobile specifically outfitted to transport injured people to the hospital and treat them on the way. This was not always the case, and the reason this infrastructure exists is thanks to the Civil Rights Movement, the guy who invented CPR, Israel's Mother Teresa, and 25 homeless black men from Pittsburgh in the 1960s.