My name is Matt Camarda. I recently graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in government. My work has appeared in Huffington Post, Library of Congress Blog, The Flat Hat, and the William and Mary Blog. My goal here is to build discipline and focus, while strengthening my voice. Here you will find my thoughts about politics, culture, and whatever else grabs me. I welcome thoughtful, informed, and civil debate. If there’s anything you want me to write about, let me know.
My blog takes its name from a Ben Franklin quote: “So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.” In context, Franklin was mocking himself for having rationalized eating fish after having decided to never eat them again. I’ve always read this as a subtle jab at the human tendency to rationalize any belief or action, no matter how absurd or evil. We’re all reasonable creatures, which means we all rationalize. I’ll try to call that out when I can, most importantly, in myself.