This is the Rad Geek People’s Daily, featuring the Geekery Today weblog. The website was launched in its current form on January 20, 2004. The 2004 launch was a thorough redesign of material that had appeared on my former website, CWJ2K: Garage Punk Geek for the New Millennium, where Geekery Today appeared from March 4, 2001 to January 1, 2004. Garage Punk Geek was hosted by Eskimo North in several different incarnations going back to 1996.
The writing here is composed, edited, and managed using the WordPress open-source publishing system. (Before I migrated to WordPress, I used Blogger from March 4, 2001 to January 16, 2002, and MovableType from January 26, 2002 to February 24, 2007.) The website is designed using structured semantic markup and open web standards. All of the web pages are marked up in valid HTML5, with stylesheets written in standard CSS. All feeds are marked up using valid Atom 1.0. Atom feeds are validated using the Feed Validator by Mark Pilgrim and Sam Ruby.
About the Author
Rad Geek is, surprisingly enough, not my real name; offline I am known to the world as Charles Johnson.
Rad Geek is not a common name, but
Charles Johnson is; in case you are wondering, I am not…
- … an acclaimed black novelist,
- … a founding member of the Flat-Earth Society,
- … a sociopathic warmongering blowhard, or
- … an 18th century author of sensationalist pirate biographies.
I am a web developer, student of Philosophy, and sometime political activist, living and working in Auburn, Alabama, where I share an apartment with my beloved wife L. I was born in July 1981 in San Antonio, Texas, and spent most of my youth in the South, especially here in Auburn, where I met most of my dearest friends, pursued some of my favorite studies, and — somewhat coincidentally — went to middle school, high school, and eventually graduated from college, with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Computer Science. I also spent a number of years kicking around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor in southeast Michigan, and then in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My Computer Science interests lie mainly in open source web development, usability and information architecture, semantic web markup, and the use of the Internet for networking and collaborative work. My politics are anarchist, individualist, radical feminist, anti-war, anti-racist, pro-labor, populist, and
humanitarian. In movement politics, I identify closely with both the anti-authoritarian Left and the libertarian movement (I am large, I contain multitudes), and the political programme that results is perhaps best described by Francis Tandy’s apt phrase,
voluntary socialism. Philosophically, I’m chiefly interested in philosophy of logic, modal metaphysics, moral psychology, responses to skepticism, philosophical method, and the role of philosophical criticism in building a free society. My influences include ancient philosophy (e.g., Socrates, Aristotle), German anti-psychologism (e.g., Kant, Frege, Husserl, Wittgenstein), common sense and ordinary language philosophy (e.g., G. E. Moore, J. L. Austin, Wittgenstein), and radical political theory (e.g., Benjamin Tucker, William Lloyd Garrison, Emma Goldman, James Baldwin, Murray Rothbard, Marilyn Frye, John Stoltenberg, Chris Sciabarra). Bêtes noires include: skepticism, anti-realism, relativism, psychologism, reductionism, scientism, positivism, irrationalism, Hobbesian moral psychology, elitism, anti-intellectualism, modernism, ahistoricism, authoritarian Progressivism posing as Leftism, misanthropic Romanticism posing as Leftism, unprincipled apologetics for Big Business posing as libertarianism, vanguardism, fascism, Keynsianism, racism, male supremacy, pornography and slimy apologists therefor, nationalism, militarism, collectivism, institutional psychiatry, corporate privilege, heterosexist privilege, marriage privilege, and the State as such.
When I have time I enjoy cooking for small audiences, listening to music (Simon & Garfunkel, Mozart, J. S. Bach, Ani DiFranco, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Madonna), watching gloriously middle-brow films (at the cinema and through the magic of Netflix), contributing to Wikipedia, taking walks, fiddling with computers, and reading.
Intellectual Property and Reprinting
Everything in these pages, unless tagged otherwise, was written by me, Charles Johnson. Since I view all forms of
intellectual property as an unjustifiable tyranny and a destructive monopoly, as far as I’m concerned, all the writing, as well as all the markup, scripts, style sheets, and other technical design elements should be considered freely available for re-use, redistribution, modification and adaptation, as free software and free content, without needing prior permission. See my anticopyright notice for more on the whys and hows. This machine kills intellectual monopolists.
About Some Other Sites
Charles W. Johnson, freelance academic and revolutionary, my other web home, hosts some of my longer essays and other projects.
Fair Use Repository: I maintain a digital archive of texts and research tools (focusing on philosophy, history, political theory and radical social movements, with a lot of material from Anarchist periodicals, Abolitionist periodicals, and early Analytic philosophy), at fair-use.org.
Feminist Blogs: I am the web monkey for feministblogs.org, an online community of self-identified feminists, womanists, and pro-feminist men that collects daily news and commentary from independent feminist bloggers using the open-source FeedWordPress aggregator.
I sometimes contribute to Wikipedia, under the name Radgeek, mainly on philosophy, economics, and political history. Like all of the articles on Wikipedia, the articles that I contribute to are cooperative efforts with lots of other authors, and Wikipedia does not give bylines. Nevertheless, if you’re really interested you can see the particular contributions that I’ve made.