The Streets of San Francisco

San FranciscoI’m off to San Francisco for a Liberty Fund conference on Chinese philosophy; back on Sunday. (My flight doesn’t actually leave until tomorrow morning, but it leaves from Atlanta too early for the shuttle to get me there, so I’m taking the shuttle this afternoon and staying overnight in Atlanta.)

We’re 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.

It’ll be nice to see one of my favourite cities again; I’m going a day early in order to have some free time there. I’m not taking a laptop, so my internet access will probably be intermittent at best.

When I get back, teaching in the summer session awaits.


7 Responses to The Streets of San Francisco

  1. hanteng May 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    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.

  2. dennis May 19, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    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.

  3. Neil May 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Come to Southside Berkeley and get a hot dog!

  4. Aster May 20, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    I wish you well. Please enjoy yourself.

  5. Michael Wiebe May 20, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Why do you teach in the summer? Isn’t that prime writing time?

    • Brandon May 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

      It’s prime girl-chasing time.


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