Biographical: Jon grew up in East Providence, Rhode Island. His childhood experiences of growing up poor motivated him to explore the economic and philosophical methods by which prosperity can be achieved for all, including those who grew up similar to him. Throughout his research, Jon has found that classical liberal ideals provide the means and incentives to achieve this prosperity.
Career: Jon’s career can be summed up in two areas: political leadership, and ‘thought’ leadership.
In terms of political leadership: Jon is a former Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) State Chair, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and; is currently the Students for Liberty (SFL) Deputy Director for the New England District of the Northeast Region.
Throughout Jon’s experience in political leadership, he discovered many misconceptions and stigmas regarding the classical liberal philosophy. Therefore, he decided to become more involved in ‘thought’ leadership, through writing op-eds for media outlets. He has been published in the Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, and Lone Conservative.
Moreover, and more importantly, Jon is involved in academic writing. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Applied Economics program, after which he will be enrolling in a PhD in Economics program. Jon’s research interests are the intersection of philosophy, political economy, and political science, and how they all shape how we, humans, interact with each other. Specifically, he is interested in fields called “public choice” and “new institutional economics,” both of which seek to solve the best institutions for prosperity and individual flourishing.
Aesthetic Influences: Jon is inspired by both the elegance of the 1950s and the antiquity of the 1920s. He espouses to have an aesthetic of both Cary Grant and the caricature of Dr. John Watson, from Sherlock Holmes.
Philosophical Influences: Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, Friedrich A. Hayek, James M. Buchanan, Elinor Ostrom, and Deirdre McCloskey.
Class: To Jon, classiness, in essence, is to espouse one’s values through all means of expression — style, presentation, confidence, rhetoric, and respect toward others. It is an extension of what defines oneself and separates one from others.