This blog is dedicated to conservative politics, capitalism, analytic philosophy, and the Christian worldview.
Who we are:
Luke Westman – Contributor
I attended Gustavus Adolphus College, and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Accounting. After graduation I began working for my family business. In 2007, I joined the Army and served for 4 years. I was a part of the 3rd ID, and in 2010 served over seas in Operation Iraqi Freedom 10-11 and Operation New Dawn. In March 2011, I was honorably discharged from active duty as a 1LT.
After getting out of the Army I decided so study philosophy, political science, and economics at Minnesota State University, Mankato. My aim is to eventually pursue graduate studies in philosophy.
In addition to all of this, and more importantly, my greatest roles in life are being a husband and father. I am married to a brilliant, wonderful, godly woman, and we have three beautiful children.
Areas of Specialization
Economics (particularly Austrian and the Chicago school)
Philosophy of Economics
Roman Catholic thought
Political philosophy (especially Libertarianism, Conservatism, and Marxism)
Tony Bryson, PhD – Contributor
Tony Bryson has a BA (summa cum laude, 2002) in philosophy from Arizona State University and an MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in philosophy from the University of Iowa. He is currently working on an MSt in philosophical theology at Oriel College, University of Oxford. He teaches philosophy at a college in southern Minnesota.
Tony has presented papers at The Society for Christian Philosophers, The Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion (among other places).
He specializes in Epistemology, Christian philosophy, and Meta-philosophy.
He married his wife Kacy in 2004 and they have two little boys — Ethan and Emry.
Jacob Westman – Contributor
I am a graduate student studying mathematics. My main areas of interest are numerical linear algebra, and optimal control theory. My areas of expertise are mathematical modeling, especially biological systems, multidimensional data analysis and optimization (optimal control). I would like to do more research in artificial neural networks and apply them to model rational consumers in a market economy.
Will Ricciardella – Contributor
Currently a dual major at California State University at Long Beach with an emphasis in law and public policy. Constitutional law and how decisions are made with respect to the rule of law in a federal republic are my areas of strength. Also, free market economics and the economics of laws are also incorporated into my studies. Some of my major influences have been Ronald Reagan, Robert Bork, Mark Levin, Calvin Coolidge, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, F.A. Hayek, J.A. Schumpeter and Alfred Marshall.
Ben Williamson – Contributor
I was born at Fort Stewart, GA, and was raised in Ukraine as a missionary kid from 1994-2004. From 2005-2012, I attended two Bible colleges in Florida and Missouri, resumed missionary work in Ukraine with my parents and older sister (I have two older sisters), and enlisted in the Army for four years and two deployments.
My areas of interest are metaphysics, epistemology, legal philosophy, applied ethics, and philosophy of religion.
My current area of specialization is in applied ethics, focusing on the subject of abortion in terms of arguments for and against abortion choice.