What is your background?
I am the son of two immigrant parents and was born in Georgia, USA before moving to California when I was just a few months old. I spent the next twelve years of my life moving within Stockton, California, and the San Francisco Bay Area until I moved to Belgrade, Serbia in the summer of 2014. Although I only spent two years of my life in Serbia, it gave me a valuable perspective on economic, social, and cultural issues that I took with me when I made the choice to move back to Southern California in 2016 to pursue my dreams. Today, I use many of my life experiences and research to fuel projects such as Illusion of Democracy, which now serves as an extension of myself.
Why make this blog?
I started this blog with the intention to encourage my fellow classmates to engage in democratic discourse and provide a unique, research-based perspective on various issues that are not often presented on mainstream media. I also possess a deep love for economics and politics, but unfortunately do not get a chance to discuss them as often as I would like. This blog serves as a great platform for me to share my opinions on pressing issues (Although I still manage to annoy my friends and family with hour-long rants regarding political and economic theory).
What do you plan to do with your education?
Although I am currently in community college, I plan on transferring to either UC Berkeley or UCLA as an economics major in the Fall academic year of 2022. I want to pursue a Ph.D. in economics after my bachelor’s and am particularly interested in the fields of labor economics and political economy. My dream is to become a professor at a high-ranking university and eventually utilize my experience for a government position (Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, Economic Advisor, Congressman, etc).
When will you be posting new articles?
Although my blog schedule was originally all over the place, I plan on constantly posting one blog post every Sunday. I also have an economic research and poetry section that will feature more sporadic uploads.
In case it is not obvious enough, I personally identify as a progressive Democrat or, in political theory terms, a social democrat. Please be cautious of my bias when consuming any of my content.
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