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Luke is a current graduate student of economics, specializing in technological innovation, data policy, and healthcare. He is a competitive highland bagpiper.

2020 was a pretty crappy year for many. It was filled with uncertainty for the future, and we experienced so many things in a short amount of time. Anyone remember that Trump was impeached at the start of this year? It seems like light years away.

DC Cherry Blossom Festival in better times

Many Americans lost their jobs and unemployment even into this month. I left my job in August of this year at the height of the pandemic, a decision I had to make to achieve my goal of attending grad school. While I am thankful for the funding opportunities I received in order…


2020 cannot get much better, but it can get much worse. Small businesses across the country are feeling the pinch of COVID-19 that forced their customers to stay home. This made many businesses innovate to get the attention of customers through their only interaction with the outside world: the internet. While there are creative ways local businesses have innovated, which was recently passed in California puts much of this at risk. Prop 24 builds upon the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and seeks to amend the law to make it harder for companies to use consumer data. …


I originally started an article on contempt but was unable to finish it the way I like. It’s still a work in progress, but I was spending too much time on it without results, so I decided to move to another topic in the “Christian Life in Politics” series. This particular post is on community and the church’s and government’s role in it. I will define what I mean by community, the church’s role in it, and how the church can be a better provider of community services. …


Tour of the US Capitol Building

How can I claim to be a Christian and say I work in politics and love those who appose me? How can one be religious and still be a just and kind legislator? The two seem to be dichotomous and we as a country and culture want to make a distinction between the two. Separation of church and state has been engrained in our way of life for most Americans; a necessary aspect of society that allows government to function and citizens to practice religion freely and without governmental favoritism.

However, I think we miss an important part of life…


“How do you explain the libertarian response to the tragedy of the commons?”

Truthfully, the question took me off-guard. I was in a car with my coworkers after a long day of hiking and exploring Mughal architecture at . I was tired, hot, thirsty, and not expecting a political theory question.

“Uhh, I don’t know honestly, I don’t think I have a good response right now.”

Well, this is the response, albeit slightly delayed.

Firstly, for those that may not know, the is a philosophical concept primarily used in social science to describe the situation…


Even though the debate on guns has quieted down a bit, I think it has lasted longer than anticipated and seems to be same conclusion others are making. This post, though, is more philosophical and theoretical than data-based ( I do include some), so these are my own thoughts rather than citing data (please see my first if you would like the data). I acknowledge that this can be more easily refuted and debated, which I am fine with as these are my own thoughts on the matter. I also am not an expert on constitutional law, so my…


Gun violence is a very touchy issue, but I wanted to highlight something that I think is making action on reducing gun violence ineffective: the current language surrounding mass shootings is too strict and actually makes the situation worse. Both sides are to blame, and what I mean by “both sides” are those that seek to completely ban weapons like the AR-15 and the other side that shuts down any inkling of reform for fear of giving an inch will cause anti-gun supporters to take a mile.

This language and policy debate is toxic and is trying to apply a…

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