In the early 1990s, I was on a political podcast called Politics Is Not a Podcast.
This was before Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks, and I had a very high tolerance for the weirdness of a right-right spectrum.
I loved how right-of-center we were and how far we’d come in a few decades.
I knew what kind of weird, right-thinking people were and why they were right-leaning.
The most extreme right-winger was a libertarian, the most moderate was a traditionalist, and the most liberal was an atheist.
And I was one of them.
That’s how I saw myself on the political spectrum, which is where I found a lot of the weird and the odd and the crazy.
That made me a lot less comfortable with the right.
I became more conservative, and eventually I found myself a member of the Republican Party.
But as I read about how many people on the spectrum were trying to get ahead, I started to think about how they’re all trying to do something different from me.
And one of the first things I realized is that I wasn’t on the same side of the spectrum as these other people.
I was just a regular, average guy trying to make a living in a boring, boring, dull, uninteresting job.
The way they do it is to take on a very narrow, narrow slice of the political debate.
The people who think they’re on the left, and they’re doing it for the right reasons, they’re really just doing it to make themselves feel good.
I didn’t see myself on that spectrum.
So, I got frustrated and decided to quit my job and go to a libertarian podcast.
This one was called The Right Stuff.
It’s like a podcast where you talk about everything, and you read about the stuff that you don’t agree with and talk about that.
I’m not sure if I was interested in the stuff they were talking about, but I thought I could help them out by telling them what they didn’t like.
The podcast had a regular guest who was like a real conservative, who was very knowledgeable and well-read.
He was really articulate and articulate.
He really believed in free markets and he really believed that we needed to cut taxes and we needed a bigger military and a bigger police force and all of that.
And he was just like, you know, I just think they should be in a different position to be talking about stuff.
But I just wasn’t interested in it.
So, I took my leave and went to his podcast and listened to it and was like, Oh my god, this is so strange.
And it’s very different from the stuff I normally listen to.
The first thing he said was, “You know, people don’t like it when you talk in this tone of voice.”
I thought, Wow, he’s a really smart guy.
I mean, he has a PhD in economics.
He’s a professor of political science at Dartmouth.
He knew about economics and stuff like that.
He had done research.
He could understand a lot more than I did.
So I said, What the fuck?
What’s going on?
And he said, I’m really interested in this.
He said, Well, it’s just a bunch of conspiracy theories, and it’s a little bit crazy, and what’s the point?
So I started going on my podcast and I listened to a lot and I thought it was very interesting.
But when I started listening to his stuff, he was completely wrong.
The people who I thought were on the far right, they were just the kind of people who were really in it for themselves.
I had never heard of anyone on the extreme right who was really into free markets.
They were the kind who wanted to do all the things I was into, the kind that were interested in being part of a government.
But then they started talking about all of these other things.
And that made me even more uncomfortable because I was so interested in their worldview.
I really liked the stuff he was talking about.
So when I realized I was going to leave that job and I was really going to be in the Republican movement, I went back to The Right Thing.
I think I was listening to all of their episodes on their website and I got very interested in politics.
I actually found myself in politics at one point.
And there were some weird, weird, odd, weird episodes.
There were some really weird episodes where I felt like I was watching my own version of the TV show The Simpsons.
I don’t think I’ve ever been on that show before.
I remember the one where Bart’s friend was making a beer and they were making out in a restaurant and there was a giant spider on the floor and they had a guy on a bicycle in the middle of the room who was doing all kinds of weird stuff