Back cover text for “Do Ask Do Tell: Speech Is a Fundamental Right, Being Listened to Is a Privilege” (2014).
“This book is the third in my series of “Do Ask Do Tell” books. Is the libertarian view of hyper-individualism, so essential to modern human rights and equality, sustainable? Does “personal responsibility” necessarily incorporate contingent provision for others? If so, how is “marriage and family” affected? How is “free speech” and especially self-distribution affected? When do people need to “step up” even if doing so costs something? If what people “own” sometimes derives from invisible sacrifices by others, is occasional payback unreasonable? Maybe “paying your dues” matters as much as “paying your bills”.
Bill Boushka was born in 1943 and raised as an only child om Arlington, Virginia. He became a good student and started piano at age eight. But he fell behind in physical and social development. He was expelled from college after saying he was gay in late 1961. Nevertheless, he graduated from another school and earned an MA in mathematics and was drafted in 1968. When the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy emerged in 1993, he leveraged his own irony to become a writer and blogger.