Phil Jensen

The author was born in 1955 and lives in Sonoma County, California, with his husband and a young Cairn terrier. He retired in 2005 after a career in software. He has a complicated relationship to atheism, Christianity, and Zen Buddhism. He loves many kinds of music, including Renaissance polyphony, Bruckner, the Grateful Dead, and ambient (thanks, Hearts of Space).

He identifies strongly with the fictional character Chad C. Mulligan, from John Brunner’s remarkable 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar: one who has important insights into the human predicament but great difficulty in getting his fellow humans to pay attention.

Jefferson Memorial

Lessons from Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson died 198 years ago on the 4th of July, but we really shouldn’t wait two more years to notice, and take to heart, an important argument in political/economic philosophy that Jefferson made in a letter to James Madison dated 6 September 1789.

July 10, 2024

My vote is worth more than yours

My Vote is Worth More Than Yours. Ha Ha.

As The New York Times recently reported, “votes for the pro-Brexit Conservatives had 10 times the effective power of votes for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats” as a result of the electoral system known as “first past the post.”’ And as Phil and I discuss, a voter in Wyoming has 3.6 times the electoral influence as one in California.

Phil and I discuss some of the biggest structural problems with our elections and Constitution, as well as some of his ideas for solving them.

December 17, 2019