Wednesday, February 6, 2019

My Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances through May

I am going to be a busy little bee for the next few months!

February 14-16
I will be a panelist at the Life, the Universe & Everything Symposium in Provo, Utah. Here are the dates and topics of the panels if you want to hear me talk or just ask for a hug:

Fundamentals of Self-Defense Law
Thursday, Feb 14 @ 3 PM
To one degree or another, every society recognizes the right to self-defense, yet this is a field of law filled with dangerous myths. We will discuss what differentiates self defense from murder, fighting, and accidents.

Seed Questions:
  • What are the fundamental elements of self defense?  
  • How have these elements changed over time, and how do they vary over different States and countries?  
  • What is the difference between killing in self defense, manslaughter, and murder? 
  • What makes self defense different from fighting?  
  • How might a fight transform into something where self defense can be claimed?  
  • What factors might lead to a prosecutor deciding whether or not to press charges?  
  • What do individuals do to avoid having to act in self defense, and how might these actions help them if they have to act in self defense

Oppressing a Gender, Race, or Species
Friday, Feb 15, @ 1 PM
A discussion on how a society might oppress or enslave a gender, a race, or a species.

Seed Questions:
  • What is the difference between differentiation of roles of people, and systemic oppression?
  • How does oppression in a society arise? 
  • What kinds of movements typically threaten this oppression?  
  • What role do cultural norms play in the creation of an oppressive society?  
  • What kinds government infrastructure are necessary to sustain systemic oppression?  
  • What do oppressed people do to subvert the system of oppression, even when they cannot change the system? 
  • What do oppressed people do to threaten a system of oppression, and what do people in power do to keep the oppressed in line?

Warfare in the Age of Drones and Robots
Saturday, Feb 16 @ 4 PM 
We have unmanned drones and remote-controlled robots to aid us in our fighting endeavors. How do those guys with hundred-year-old Enfield bolt-action rifles still stand a chance?

Seed Questions: 
  • What role do drones and robots have in helping us fight wars?  
  • What are their advantages and limitations?
  • How does operating a drone psychologically affect the pilot of that drone?  
  • How do people facing drones and robots adjust their strategies in fighting wars?
  • In particular, what role does the soldier with the 100-year-old Enfield bolt-action rifle have in this new landscape for warfare?  
  • How might these tools be used in a civil war?  What political and societal factors might prevent these tools from being used?

March 2
I'll be at the first ever joint shooting event between the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami-Dade Pink Pistols chapters in Homestead, FL!

April 17

I'll be a speaker the University of Mary Washington's Second Annual 2A Day at the UMW Hurley Convergence Center. I don't know when I'll be speaking, but the event runs from 4pm to 7pm.

April 26-28

The NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis is a business trip for me this year. I don't know how available I'll be during the day, but I should be free in the evenings to meet people, hang out, and of course have dinner.

May 31 - June 2

My first ever LibertyCon! Unlike everything else on this page, this one is primarily a fun trip, although it's almost certain that I'll be repping Operation Blazing Sword and Pink Pistols by talking about them to various people.

If you're attending any of these events, please drop me a line so I can coordinate with meeting you!

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