Christopher Thomson

Student - B.A. Political Science
Eugene, OR, United States

About Christopher

Bio

As a man craving for it means to be a hero I look to answer some new fundamental questions of our youth generation. There not that much difference between the age old questions of our forefathers and the ones asked by my generation on understanding our existence. To be more precise when I ask myself why am I here on this earth I say its because I want to save the earth. Now just to clarify this dosent mean I going dawn my cape and become superman. No it means that on a practical level. My goal in life is leave the world better than I found it, or to keep the pieces together if necessary. To incorporate this with my major I have used my studies to learn how best to and where I want to apply what I know to make the world a better place.

I don't know about you but I am certain that I hear to much talk about the "left" and the "right" in this country as if the only expression of political ideas is through our dominant political parties. As a political scientist I resent the idea that the only way we can explain peoples political spectrum is in one linear dimension. we not only need 2 or 3 dimensions but 4 if we want to understand what politics matter to any voter let alone communities or entire populations.

Working to unravel the community action problem with new internet tools. Changing citizen apathy and the democratic process are just some of the major issues the world may have the tools to challenge now.

Areas of Expertise

Studiousness

An idea worth spreading

When I've fleshed them out a little more I'll let you know.

I'm passionate about

Transcending boring and apathetic media organization, to renew a sense of local community from online community and, to stop the talking past one another and start talking too one another.

Universities

U of Oregon

Talk to me about

Just about darn near anything, accept anatomy it grosses me out too much.

Comments & conversations

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Christopher Thomson
Posted about 1 year ago
Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
Great speech but I can't help but think it's missing something. Solomon talks a lot about meaning in identity and how we shape our identity but I don't hear him talking much about actions that do the same. I'm pretty sure that the rapist he did not talk too would of had some very deep emotional issues he would be dealing with and would lead him down either a path of salvation or damnation, but we'll never know because it didn't seem important to him. Now I'm not sure if he was intending to speak about identity only in terms of only what you can't control but I'm pretty sure the actions you took in the past have a major unchanging impact. Nearly any reformed criminal can tell you just how regretfull they are of their past and how they don't want their identity to be I am here but I was a criminal but rather I was a criminal and I am here. The amount of shame that can follow someone convicted can be as neverending as the US constitution. To me I don't see the worst moments of people's lives as only having powerlessness and lack of choice but rather as when a victim and offender are chosen both parties loose. People always come to the defence of the victim, to help them heal and keep them from getting their identities caught up in what had happened to them, but to be able to save on offender from himself is by far the more challenging and rewarding task.
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Christopher Thomson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world
As my political science professor told me; their is no real way to guarantee an absence of corruption, men's feeble hearts are pulled and pushed in more directions than ever before. If Jesus christ (or whoever you deem your savior) ran for office do believe that he would sucome to the private interests of villainous people? The answer lies in who you trust, you must trust your public officials like you do Jesus (or whoever you deem your savior) because if you do not then you are leaving your fate in the hands of a stranger and not in your own hands. No man is an island.
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Christopher Thomson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
His speech was great but if were looking to the next generation to have this new outlook I think we'll all be waiting a LONG while before anything close to this pizza analogy has a hold. A young man knee deep in "youth culture" I can assure you that many many men and women still treat sex like the baseball analogy. I do think that he was a little heavy handed with his comparisons, we're smart we can handle it if you geek out and use more specific words and more detailed observations.
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Christopher Thomson
Posted over 2 years ago
Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption
I for one believe that although digitization is a wonderful tool for helping people govern we need to use it on a case by case basis. If all we talk about is our new shinny internet to use in fixing broken parts of government we might start believing that its the only tool necessary. Arbitrary pulling of public secrets is just as bad for them as it is for us. I for one can say that I have done some very sinful things and I don't believe that these sins (especially at my young age) should prevent me from wanting to pursue a job as a public representative. God himself does not purpose to judge a man until the end of his days, why then should we? It would be a thousand times more helpful to get to know your local government and participate in seeking new leadership as well as aiding current leaders at any level, than it would to constantly criticize current dysfunctionality.
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Christopher Thomson
Posted about 3 years ago
LZ Granderson: The myth of the gay agenda
This guy has been in a TED talk before so I thought it best to mention his work on this subject. I would be best to at least watch the classes before this one (not to mention the readings) but if you want you can just skip ahead to this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzD9P-9sj4M&feature=player_embedded
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Christopher Thomson
Posted about 3 years ago
Is Social Business the future of capitalism ?
I seems to me that this assumes that these social issues can be better addressed if their is a middle ground profit motive. I believe that people should be motivated to do the right thing, because its the right thing to do. Paying someone to do the right thing such as aid the poor indicates that they need that extra to complete the motivation and thereby devalue the nonprofit goal. Part of the issue is working to treat people as ends and not means, by mixing profit making with nonprofit goals you essentially combine both of these together. This combination demands that the employees and the employer must choose who is a means and who is a part of their end. As someone who has never herd of this guy before I have to ask, how dose he detail that such a business would function, and what would prevent it from becoming a nonprofit organization or an ordinary for profit business?