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Amerique in a cafe in Half Moon Bay, California.

Editing interests[edit]

Amerique primarily edits articles related to California. He also has interests in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Information, but editing in these areas is too much like work for him.

Current long-term projects include: developing the University of California, Santa Cruz, Inland Empire and associated articles towards FA status.

To work out his POV and better proceed on developing University of California articles, he wrote a mini-essay regarding student support for athletics at various campuses, located here User:Amerique/UC Essay.

Community interests[edit]

Amerique was interested in how dispute resolution affects social conflict across the site. The development of cabals and the likewise production of trolls used to be all that interested him in this site, but he gradually came to view the larger game as pointless. Particularly after Academy Leader was blocked for "carry[ing] water for Wikipedia's critics."

"Wherever there is an aristocracy, or a guild, or any association of a class of men whose interests depend, or are supposed to depend, on certain propositions, there will be inevitably found some traces of this natural product of social feeling. Cruelties always accompany this system; and when it is consistently carried out, they become atrocities of the most horrible kind in the eyes of any rational man. Nor should this occasion surprise, for the officer of a society does not feel justified in surrendering the interests of that society for the sake of mercy, as he might his own private interests. It is natural, therefore, that sympathy and fellowship should thus produce a most ruthless power." -Charles Peirce, The Fixation of Belief, 1877 [1]

"You dig into yourself and the community to wage psychological warfare... you combat your own fears about beatings, shootings and possible mob violence... you organize, pound by pound, small bands of people ... you create a small striking force." Bob Moses 1963 SNCC organizer.[2]

"There is a sure, one word solution to all the world's current problems: Atheism." Marshall Sahlins [3]

"If I were asked for my conception of what I do, the strategist being the man who says, 'What difference does a particular death, a particular cry, a particular revolt make compared to the great general necessity, and, on the other hand, what difference does a general principle make in the particular situation where we are?', well, I would have to say that it is immaterial to me whether the strategist is a politician, a historian, a revolutionary, a follower of the shah or of the ayatollah, my theoretical ethic is opposite to theirs. It is 'anti-strategic': to be respectful when singularity revolts, intransigent as soon as power violates the universal." Michel Foucault, 1979

Barnstars & Boxes[edit]

The Resilient Barnstar
Amerique you learned from mistakes and bent over backwards to try to fix the issues. Aeon Insane Ward 01:16, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
I've been going through the open AMA cases list, and have noticed how many you've got open, so I though I'd give you this barnstar, for helping so many Martinp23 15:47, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

The Barnstar of Diligence
For your extraordinary AMA work and insight. thestick 11:17, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

The Barnstar of Authoritarianism
As a result of your work, I award you the Barnstar of Authoritarianism Insert-Belltower 22:17, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

The Barnstar of Diligence
For outstanding clarity and research leading to a substantial and helpful change in a core content policy ... it doesn't happen often! - Dan Dank55 (talk) 20:08, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

The Photographer's Barnstar
Thanks for your pictures of the Inland Empire, we needed them. House1090 (talk) 02:35, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

The California Star
For your work on Inland Empire-related articles, I award you this star. Thanks for your contributions! TorriTorri(Talk to me!) 03:15, 19 April 2010 (UTC)