We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Academics live among the abstractions encountered in dusty tomes, where the utopias of Rousseau and Marx seem irresistible, where perfection is possible if only they--and nobody else--jiggled the right levers of power, where the ordinary humans who populate the United States are mere infrastructure and as such are negligible obstructions to rule by their betters.