"All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery."
—George Orwell

The word “cavalier” has multiple meanings, as does the word “persuasion.”

The Cavaliers backed Charles I against Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads. To be cavalier is to be indifferent, casual, perhaps patronizing. A Cavalier is also a student or graduate of the University of Virginia.

Persuasion is the ostensible goal of political writing: to get others to come around to your point of view. One’s persuasion, or one’s way of viewing the world, influences that political writing.

This blog encompasses all these meanings. The author is a graduate of UVA. Like the royalist defenders of Charles I, this blog’s persuasion is more Tory than Whig, more conservative than radical. And as the adjectival version of “cavalier” suggests, whether or not readers are ultimately persuaded is of secondary concern.

This blog is fundamentally a vanity project, a ruse to compel my thoughts to take written form. I will aim to persuade, and attempt to write things that are both informative and engaging. If in the end I fail, well, at least my attitude is pretty cavalier about it.