Grant Gould

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My name is Grant Gould, and I'm a "future anarchist." I believe that anarchy is the ideal arrangement of human affairs, but that the social and economic technology to make it work will likely not be available for another century or so. Thus my political inclinations are to favor the social and economic experimentation that will accelerate development of these technologies and the free and diverse political and social environments that will foster their perfection.

Professionally, I'm a software engineer in the telecoms services business. What that means is that I write software for mobile phones and for telco central-office equipment. My current company does music sharing for mobile phones, for instance. Constant exposure to the monopoly mindset of subsidy-hungry telcos has made me extremely cynical about big business -- its relationship to government, its ability to corrupt more dynamic businesses in the same field, and its instinct for cartelization (don't expect me to rail against anti-trust while there are still governments in business!). I believe that most regulatory and intellectual-property law serves primarily to solve collective-action problems faced by industry cartels.

I graduated MIT class of '99, having majored in EECS, with minors in physics and philosophy. I am married (to my high-school sweetheart, no less!), and have a baby daughter. I live in Somerville, Massachusetts. For recreation I cook and bicycle, but not at the same time.

I am not a member of any political party or religion, although I was raised Presbyterian (until, like so many, I tripped over Euthyphro and ended up not caring). I tend to be a moral skeptic, though not a radical one -- I believe that many fewer questions (but not zero) require moral answers than is commonly thought, and thus that the utility of morality is low (but not zero) and the general incoherence of moral philosophy is a small (but not totally irrelevant) problem. Simple questions of practicality are adequate in most real cases: If it ain't likely gonna work anyway, who cares if it's good or evil?

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