I am a scientist and writer obsessed with understanding big problems that require well designed solutions. By education and by trade I amĀ a modeler, which means I build computer models that describe the structure of problems so they can be simulated and compared to historic real-world behavior in order to develop long lasting, efficient solutions. Put more simply, I use computers to help solve problems that cannot be solved without their aid.

After the birth of my first of two sons in 2010, my research into our inability to act on large-scale issues such as climate change and national debt led me to Congress, which then led me to money in politics. Since then, I have dedicated a great deal of time, energy, and treasure to understanding and addressing the causes and consequences of the institutionalized form of corruption that has hijacked our country. A corruption that is the singular root cause preventing our country from dealing with every other pressing issue before us.

In my efforts to raise awareness and promote understanding, I have walked over 200 miles as part of the NH Rebellion with mentor, friend, and now presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig. I ran as an independent in the 2014 Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, backed entirely by small dollar contributions and walking over 340 miles while collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

I also write for Independent Voter Network and most recently completed a comprehensive model describing the relationship between campaign finance, institutional corruption, public policy, and income disparities. From this work I was able to compare and explore all the popular campaign finance reform proposals to see which are most effective and permanent.

Going forward I will continue doing all that I can manage to help restore citizen equality and our representative democracy so that the United States can once again live up to its full potential and provide a future for our childrenĀ that is bright and full of opportunity.

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  • commented 2015-09-05 16:17:49 -0400
    Bruce – Congratulations on a scholarly piece of work. The graphic representation of feedback loops is excellent. I haven’t examined the paper yet – I hope to do so soon. With the caveat that my comment is based on an incomplete review, there is an element included in the problem analysis which isn’t sufficiently included in the solution – the incentive of post-retirement rewards for members of Congress.

    The potential for huge rewards as a lobbyist or as a ‘consultant’ is bribery and until it’s impossible & illegal to trade on your prior public service, the practice of inserting or removing clauses of a bill to satisfy your future employer will perpetuate the system of preferential treatment that the cronies in the current system love.

    IMO, (and I’m in a tiny minority here) the principle behind the non-compete clause, which courts have consistently upheld as legal, allows restrictions on future work after your compensation from your former employer has ended. The underlying reasoning is that the harm you can do your former employer outweighs the individual freedom in offering your skills to a different employer.

    BTW, I interviewed with IVN with James Ryan. Good article, good questions. Sadly, my ‘best’ interviews seem to get the fewest views.