Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I've worked almost exclusively in high-tech, most recently for 10 years at Intel Corporation. I did an assignment that lasted 5 years in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. It was a professional pursuit, of course, but more importantly, a cultural journey for me. I'm simply fascinated with Russia and the Soviet Union.. I am currently intensely studying the Soviet Union of the 1920's and 1930's. This was the time when everyone was wrestling with what Communism truly was. It is the best laboratory for exploring the intellectual path of an ideology that was heaving itself onto society in all corners of the world. This intellectual path is still relevant today, though in different form (but potentially just as dangerous).
In parallel, I have traveled to 34 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia. I've seen what works and what doesn't. I firmly believe that the United States is exceptional because of the values and strengths of our constitutional structure. We cannot let those values and strengths become diluted by ideologies that simply don't work. I'm a Ricochet member because I believe my cohorts here believe the same.
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