About Shepherd Mao

A libertarian and history lover who thinks shepherd dogs are super cool, Eric Mao is working on new messages about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in hopes of settling the long-standing debate of individualism vs. collectivism. Before he started this blog, his online discussion forum, Libertarians (http://online.wsj.com/community/groups/libertarians-938/topics), had been ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most “active” and “popular” in the Journal Community.

Eric lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. Since many people are unaware of the difference between libertarians and conservatives, Eric’s favorite pastime is to embarrass his liberal wife by uttering conservative talking points in front of her liberal friends. She is always trying to explain to everyone that Eric is a libertarian, not a conservative. (Apparently it’s less embarrassing for her to be known to be married to a libertarian than to a conservative.) Actually, Eric enjoys learning about viewpoints different from his own.

Eric ventured the opinion that there are three types of people on earth–those who have read Human Action (by Ludwig von Mises), those who haven’t, and those who are working on it.

Eric is currently working in the hedge fund industry. He holds an M.B.A. and a master of science in computer science.