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Required reading in school, have there been any books or stories that stand out in your memory, if so, why?

I would say The Scarlet Letter and Gulliver's Travels stood out the most. Silas Marner was also a good read. The Scarlet Letter had compelling characters. Gulliver's Travels was funny. Silas Marner was a charming tale.

I wasn't overly impressed with Huckleberry Finn because it was so meandering. It had some good parts to it, though.

Do you believe the United States should be more or less involved in world affairs?

Hard to say. Foreign policy is really complicated, but I'll try to give some of my thoughts on the USA's involvement in worlds affairs. In general, I support international US involvement. While we've definitely made mistakes, I think America has been a force for good overall. I'm a big supporter of NATO. Yes, some its members don't contribute as much as they should. However, thanks to Putin, the alliance is still necessary. I also support the war on terror. People complain, understandably so, about it being an endless war. However, wars don't end just because one side stops shooting. I think being involved in trade treaties like NAFTA (now replaced by whatever the cut-and-paste NAFTA Trump negotiated is called) is a huge benefit to the US. On the other hand, I'm growing more skeptical of the UN. Its human rights council is an outright mockery of human rights. Those are some of my rather scattered thoughts about world affairs.

To answer the question directly, I would say neither or maybe more, though not significantly more.

On balance, has capitalism been a successful economic doctrine?

Most definitely. Economic freedom has helped bring hundreds of millions of people out of poverty over the last several decades. On the flip side, countries with tight government control over the economy like Venezuela, North Korea, or Cuba remain impoverished. Capitalism isn't a panacea, but it is extremely effective.

Why Spanish?

It's the second most common language in the US, and I just like it.

If you could learn a new language, what would it be?


Do you think domestic terrorism will be a large issue during and after the election?

I doubt it.

What do you predict will be the outcome of the 2020 election?

I don't know who will win, but America will lose either way.

Are you one of those people who has shitty thin pizza that's practically burnt? If that's the case, I understand why you dislike pineapple on it.

I avoid thin crust pizzas. I prefer a thicker crust.

Why doesn't pineapple belong on pizza?

It doesn't taste good on pizza. Putting juicy fruit on a pizza doesn't work.

What do you believe power does to the person who has it?

That depends a lot on the person. Some are intoxicated with it and seek more. Some see it as a way to get a profit and become corrupt. Some can't handle the responsibility and break down. Others are more responsible and try to use it for good.