Im off to San Francisco for a Liberty Fund conference on Chinese philosophy; back on Sunday. (My flight doesnt actually leave until tomorrow morning, but it leaves from Atlanta too early for the shuttle to get me there, so Im taking the shuttle this afternoon and staying overnight in Atlanta.)
Were reading Kongfuzi, Laozi, Mozi, Shang Yang, and Yang Zhu so actually skipping some of the most libertarian Chinese thinkers, such as Mengzi, Sima Qian, and Bao Jingyan.
Itll be nice to see one of my favourite cities again; Im going a day early in order to have some free time there. Im not taking a laptop, so my internet access will probably be intermittent at best.
When I get back, teaching in the summer session awaits.
I have really enjoyed the article “AUSTRO-LIBERTARIAN THEMES
IN EARLY CONFUCIANISM” even as a PhD student researcher in the empirical study of Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike. Though I may not agree with the actual “austro-libertarian” elements during that period, but I do appreciate how you frame the struggle between the early Confucian thinking, legalist thinking and later bureaucratized Confucian thinking. It seems an universal story about human beings searching for order, which is happening in Wikipedia communities as well.
With your work, I am thinking first to reinterpret the recently-popularized concept of TianXia/Peaceful rise/harmony in the International Relation circle, so that some hypocrisy can be exposed.
I intend also to reformulate the internet governance theories for my DPhil project.
I think Sima Qian was related to Sima Yi, who was the bad guy at the end of a great old Nintendo RPG, Destiny of an Emperor.
Come to Southside Berkeley and get a hot dog!
I wish you well. Please enjoy yourself.
Why do you teach in the summer? Isn’t that prime writing time?
It’s prime girl-chasing time.