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I Want to Run Away and Join the Office

August 19th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Speaking of assessing people’s productivity in society, I suppose this is as good a time as any to announce publicly that at the end of the month I’ll be rejoining the ranks of the gainfully employed, with the delightfully vague title of Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.  My mandate will be fairly open-ended: Basically, they offered me the chance to hang around with a bunch of smart people and split my time between the sort of musing you’re accustomed to here, working on a book project I had to backburner a while back, and doing the sort of long-form reported stories that traditional journalistic outlets seem less and less willing to back.  I jumped as soon as I persuaded myself the offer wasn’t some kind of cruel monkey torture.

From y’all’s perspective, this just means I’ll probably be putting out more copy, since I’ll actually be going into an office with a regular schedule, and you’ll probably be seeing my stuff crop up in more places. When I’m doing journalism, in the event anyone’s concerned, I’ll consider myself just as strongly bound by journalistic norms as I would be writing for a newspaper or magazine. And of course, to coincide with the change, I’ll be changing my ringtone from Soul Coughing’s “Freelancer” to this highly appropriate ditty.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gil // Aug 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm


  • 2 Greg N. // Aug 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    That’s exactly the kind of job I was hoping you’d get. Actually, that’s exactly the job I was hoping you’d get.


  • 3 Aurich // Aug 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Congratulations, I’ve been pulling for something like this ever since our dark April. 😉

  • 4 Adam Thierer // Aug 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    You’re just another capitalist tool, out to do the business of The Man. The Cato Institute is a front for self-interest, free markets, and property rights.

    In other words, well done! Seriously, they are lucky to have you back in the fold. Looking forward to your work product, and hoping that much of it will be tech-related. [Just don’t be feeding us any of that BS about Rousseau being a libertarian!]

    Cheers — AT

  • 5 R. Totale // Aug 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Congrats. “The death of the left was you.”

  • 6 Doug // Aug 20, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Hey, congratulations. They’re lucky to get you.

  • 7 The Other Anderson // Aug 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I particularly like how the title “I Want to Run Away and Join the Office” appears, on my viewing, directly beneath a banner threatening me with “ANN COULTER – FREE!” and a photo of said skank du droit. Makes me want to run away, too.

  • 8 Welcoming Julian Sanchez to the TLF — Technology Liberation Front // Sep 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    […] to welcome Julian Sanchez to the Technology Liberation Front as a regular contributor.  Julian recently joined the Cato Institute as a Research Fellow and he previously spent time at Reason and Ars Technica, […]

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