Small World

Yesterday, while walking to my car after class, an older woman stopped me and said hello. She said she was a psychology professor and thought she already knew all of the Orthodox Jews who go to Georgia Tech (I wear my yarmulke in public so I am visibly Jewish). She asked me my name and mentioned that she knew my parents. Her name sounded vaguely familiar, and I asked if she had a son. She did, and I asked if he was ever a counselor at a summer camp in Memphis Tennessee. It turns out her son Matt was my camp counselor a little over a decade ago when I was in my pre-teens.

Strangely, our path's met twice yesterday, when Matt found me on the web while researching the Boortz commencement speech. Matt writes on his blog,

Here's some history biting me in the ass - a former camper of mine, Micha Ghertner, now seems to be a frequent poster on a Libertarian website. What's amazing is not that he's a Libertarian - even as a little kid, he had both an unbridled capitalist streak and a serious temper - but the quality and intellectual vigor of his work. I for one find his posts informative and persuasive, and he seems willing to concede debate points when necessary, which I think is the hallmark of someone with a defensible point of view, rather than a ranter. When your former charges are now far outclassing you in the political philosophy bloggosphere, you are really getting old.

I remember the serious temper part, but how many little kids have an unbridled capitalist streak? I think that's hilarious. Thanks Matt, you made my day.

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Re: unbridled capitalism I

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I don't know if he will recall, but Micha - all of nine years old - decided to finance his summer canteen purchases by renting out Gameboys to the other campers. This ingenious idea got off to a poor start when some of the kids in the bunk (no doubt budding Socialists) balked at the draconian lease terms contained in Micha's pre-printed rental agreement (I especially remember the clauses requiring a 100% deposit and two witness signatures being a source of friction). Anyway, the ultimate denouement of the project came with a revolt by Micha's bunkmates that involved ritual chanting as the boys tore down the large sign advertising the service that Micha had posted outside the cabin and, in a remarkable display of political unity, jointly urinating on it. I'm sure there's a lesson on labor relations and negative rights to be learned in there somewhere.

I don't remember that

I don't remember that particular scheme, but it sounds like something I would have done.

I must have been a handful as a nine-year-old.

>>I for one find his posts

>>I for one find his posts informative and persuasive, and he seems willing to concede debate points when necessary, which I think is the hallmark of someone with a defensible point of view, rather than a ranter.<<

I so agree with this, as I've witness the dismay caused to ranters from posting with you, Micha!

What a wonderful blast from your past, thanks for sharing it! A nine year old writing up lease contracts! WOW. :)

Did Matt betray professional

Did Matt betray professional confidentiality in his current role as a tattle-tale counsellor?