“For if naive anti-intellectualism cannot be abolished, it can be fought, and the fight can be invigorating.”– The House of Intellect by Jacques Barzun

The Pacific (a blog) exists to defend liberalism, broadly and historically speaking, in all its democratic, literary and transcendental glory. Issues of human rights, free speech, foreign policy, nonviolence, poetry, political philosophy and ocean conservation are particularly of interest. All published work (and photographs in the sidebar) are by John Kaufman, unless otherwise indicated.

Kaufman is a poet and writer based in Wisconsin. Kaufman’s work has appeared in The Progressive, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Capital Times, Long Island Quarterly, Kentucky Poetry Review, Education Week, and elsewhere.