Category Archives: my public speaking

More videos by me on the DADT books (work in progress)

Today, I did a recording session, creating two videos about my 3 DADT books and the ideas behind them.

The first video is an autobiography, and the second is a summary of ideas.

Here is an outline of my remarks:

(Begin)

First video

Biography

History – sissy boy, artistic, liked attention for intellect, music

Put down for leaving risk taking to others

WM expulsion  (“tribunal” problem)

NIH – schizoid – Cuban Missile Crisis

KU- assistant instructor, deferements

Army service – special training company

Fort Eustis transfer – top secret security clearance

Career – only one layoff until end took responsibility

Sometimes being unmarried was an issue

Need to move to NYC to come out again.

Ninth Street Center

May 10 and move to Texas

MCC, Cuban Refugees

AIDS. DDAA. DGA. OLCC,   Bill Nelson

Return to VA

Lewin ICF

adventuring

Uslico-Reliastar

Bill Clinton lift the ban

Why DADT was a central issue; SLDN and Outserve

Decide to enter debate

Write book

Conflict of interest

Move to MN

Mother’s heart disease

Layoff

Move back

Eldercare

Inheritance

Blogging and passive marketing

COPA (Internet censorship) litigation sponsored by EFF

I call attention to issues major media misses and that evade “identity politics” like power grid, filial responsibility, downstream liability on Internet (Section 230, etc.).

 

Video 2

Emphasis: individualist view of “augmented personal responsibility”

My thing had been the right to be left alone, not to be driven by the demands of my group to function in place.

Equality is an abstraction – implications in practice have many paradoxes (childlessness)

Racial groups are not the same as behavioral or cultural groups (identity politics)

When there are external threats. Some “behaviors” or avoidances jeopardize the group

People seem concerned about how my sexual capacity connected to other needs in the family

There is an impression of “sacrifice” that is meaningful if everyone else has to do it.

Paradox:  my sexual response implies that competitiveness and “maleness” are virtues and can be lost.

Yet, you are not a “man” if you don’t do your part and take your turn and “play ball”

Aloofness, privilege, and visibility can increase the risk of instability

The need for ego so that there is incentive for standard of living

But the people who consume your work need to “matter” and my sexuality implies some of them don’t

So a dangerous paradox can promote instability

Hatred happens because people know they can be forced to deal with someone personally and support them in a pinch when otherwise they would have avoided them, changing “meaning”.

No victims, it starts with you, yet you need to belong, and, yes, we have to protect “civilization”.

The “I told you so” canard and out.

The “playing ball with us” problem, and the “no spectators” rule

“Radical hospitality” and “radical solidarity” compared to individualism

Resilience

(End)

While I wait for these to be posted on Vimeo by a third party, I’ll add a recap now (video just above).

Update: July 26

Vimeo:

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Bill Boushka Discuss His Life Story from John Boushka on Vimeo.

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Bill Boushka Discusses His Core Themes from John Boushka on Vimeo.

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An Important Message from Bill Boushka to Milo Yiannopoulos from John Boushka on Vimeo.

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An important message from Bill Boushka for President Donald J. Trump. from John Boushka on Vimeo.

See related posting Nov. 30, 2015.

Update:  Sunday, July 30, 3 PM EDT

One more afterthought:  “Augmented personal responsibility”, or the idea that people who are different need to think through their own moral compass and do their own “rightsizing” voluntarily if freedom from authoritarians is to be maintained:

 

(Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:45 PM)

Two early videos (Hamline lecture, 1998; walkabout in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2002)

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I have finally converted and uploaded two big video files that I made in Minneapolis when I was living there.

The first is a lecture (57 minutes) that I gave at Hamline University in St. Paul MN on February 25, 1998, on the Liberty Channel in Minneapolis, while still on crutches from my hip fracture.  The lecture outlines the concepts in the “Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back: book (1997, 2000).

The URL is here.

I would give a similar lecture at the University of Minnesota on March 31, 1999.

The second film (33 minutes) is a hodgepodge of soliloquies and little walks taken with a Sony camera in 2002, in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  I sent it to the late Gode Davis (“American Lynching”) and he was not that impressed, well technically.  I will probably do some work on this in Final Cut Pro.  The link is here. I do think a lot of ideas here are still pertinent today (even the stuff about maintaining freedoms in the face of terrorism and “asymmetric warfare”.

This is VERY independent film.

See also the earlier post Feb. 16, 2014.

(Published Monday Nov. 30, 2015 at 7 PM EST)

 

My speech at Hamline University in 1998 (with cable rebroadcast, and videos)

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I’m going to start introducing my own work in this “Media Reviews” blog, in order to build up to my future plans, and to supplement the “footnotes blog” for my new “Do Ask Do Tell III” book.

On February 25, 1998, I gave a lecture on my first book to undergraduate students at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  Students took notes, like they were going to turn in themes to professors.  The lecture was arranged by a graduating senior from Hamline whom I had met through the Libertarian Party of Minnesota after moving to Minneapolis on September 1, 1997 – actually at a reception (and informal booksigning party) somewhere around one of the lakes in town in late October (it was still mild that Sunday night, which I remember well).

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The 56-minute talk was carried on Channel 6 on Minneapolis Cable in March, 1998.  I have made a DVD of it.  Using older technology of over a decade ago. I extracted some videos from it.  I’m not sure yet how easy it would be to get this onto YouTube or copied onto this site, so I will give the link to the first file on the “doaskdotell” site.  There are 34 such files, each well less than a minute.  I do think I talk constructively about the “Relationship Paradox” (file 30) and that there is tension between independence as a virtue for the individual and interdependence as necessary for society,

The MPG link to the first file is this:

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I would be accompanied at some libertarian book fairs by Edmund Contoski, who published under the imprint “American Liberty Publishers”, link here.

One of these is “Makers and Takers”, the title of which is self-explanatory.  Yes, it does remind us of Ayn Rand.  The other is a novel “The Trojan Project”, where the author imagines a telephone virus.  I thought it was fanciful at the time, but then Stephen King came up with “Cell” in 2006.  And now, smart phone malware is a big security issue, and certainly fits well into the NSA spying scandal revealed by Edward Snowden.

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I would later give a similar speech at the University of Minnesota March 31, 1999, and a related talk to the Dakota Unitarian Fellowship in Rosemount, MN in February 2002.

(Published at 11 PM EST Sunday, Februrary 16, 2014).

Update: Oct. 20, 2014

Thumbnails for DVD of the Hamline lecture. I’ll start working on YouTube transcription soon.  See Nov. 30, 2015 post.

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