About the author

Hoi! I’m Astrid. I have a fascination with ideas and their history. When I’m not researching or writing here I’m probably writing tutorials on coding shaders and explaining the maths and trickery behind colour and special effects in animation, special effects, and video games. You can see some of my personal projects in that vein here. I’m currently single and looking for a long term female partner, if you happen to know or be someone interested in me, please reach out on Twitter!

Important stuff

  • This blog and all contents contained are works within the public domain, please share, modify, or reproduce the content here in any way you see fit. No need to ask for permission (I do appreciate attribution though!)

  • If you find a mistake in my historical research please let me know as soon as possible so I can correct it (I’ll give you credit too, unless you ask me not to).

  • I currently accept donations in Bitcoin.

What to expect here

I post three kinds of things here:

A history of (classical) liberalisms

A series where I breakdown the history of the most influential ideas, thinkers, philosophies, and political forces that have coalesced to create the modern philosophies of (classical) liberalism. Liberal philosophies are characterized by a laissez-faire approach to economics, private property, anti-justificationism, contractarianism, methodological individualism, skepticism towards centralized power and knowledge, critiques of State and corporate power, and the centrality of both non-aggression and liberty to ethics. There are many philosophies today which share most of these fundamental characteristics and they often influence each other. I hope to bring some new attention and appreciation for the history of the most revolutionary philosophy the world has yet seen: liberalism.

A history of paramedicine in the United States

This series is about the forgotten history of a one of the most fundamental social infrastructures in the United States: Emergency Medical Services. Today we take it for granted that when you dial 9-1-1 from any city in the U.S. due to a medical emergency, trained medical professionals will quickly arrive in an automobile specifically outfitted to transport injured people to the hospital and treat them on the way. This was not always the case, and the reason this infrastructure exists is thanks to the Civil Rights Movement, the guy who invented CPR, Israel’s Mother Teresa, and 25 homeless black men from Pittsburgh in the 1960s.

Personal reflections/blog posts

These posts contain either ‘blog’ or ‘reflections’ in the subtitle. You can expect to hear about whatever I’ve spent time thinking about recently that seemed important enough for me to document.