My name is Eric Mosher; I'm a 20-year old from Queens, New York spending four years in Bennington, Vermont. I study political philosophy and Spanish, I'm planning to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during Spring term 2012, and have never been farther south than the Equator or farther west than the Pacific. My conscious love for America began in high school after reading On the Road, which I almost hate to admit because of how cliché that sounds. When I was younger, I figured I'd want to be an ex-pat later in life, but now I look at ex-patriotism as shameful. Some say, “love it or leave it,” but I say, “love it, leave it or make it right.” I'm choosing the last one. I believe that many of America's most pressing issues can be traced back to the unbelievable inequity we see within our society, because inequity leads to political corruption and plutocracy in place of democracy. Today, injustice abounds, and never fails to sadden me. I want my niche in life to be as a citizen warrior against such injustice and inequity. My greatest dreams are to reach the speed of light, land and live on a moon of Jupiter, swim and telepathically communicate with a school of blue whales, and witness the dawn of a new era of American progressivism, starting right now!