Continuously opining, intermittently publishing.

Archive for January, 2009


Why am I blogging?
Friends and colleagues have, from time to time, asked me to blog generally and about specific ideas. There is never a dearth of intriguing things to talk about. I had been avoiding starting, because I had no presentational design worked out, and design matters to me; I like things to be perfect before I ‘release’ them, but sometimes starting and iterating improvement as one goes along is the better way. I also didn’t want to presume my ideas were important or interesting to others, but I realized:

a) the cost of publication (labor plus other costs tending toward zero) is relatively low compared to the potential benefit that might be gained: i) by me in the continuing practice of organizing my thoughts, ii) by you if you’re edified, iii) by me and “you” in a mutually pedagogical way through commentary and the feedback loop;

b) Google Analytics will help me infer whether this is a meaningful exercise;

c) Meaningfulness cannot be tested if a light is hidden under a bushel;

d) Chaotic and arbitrary free expression is highly overrated. Thoughtful public free expression is underrated. It is my American birthright to do either, but in practicing the latter, I believe I hone the skill of uplifting and defending the rights of others, especially in the face of a legion of writers who seek to limit freedom under the guise of promoting it.

My hope, thus, is that this is mutually edifying. This principle will be the lodestar of my blog.

What will I talk about?
The following is a non-comprehensive first-order list of what I may write about:

Libertarian Thought
Legal Theory
Law School
Childhood education
Scuba Diving
Economics (not the “mathematical” pseudo-science but the study of human action)

-O.Shane Balloun


At the request of a non-trivial number of peers, friends and family members, here I am . . . blogging.

For now, consider this a summary welcome as well as a test post prior to the implementation of a design for the blog, with an overview of its anticipated purpose to come soon enough.