Life as a virus: three things I’ve learned about 15 minutes of fame

By Dustin | November 1, 2018

I’ve become a virus. Like herpes. Or maybe the man-bear-pig flu. You might be wondering: ‘Wuuuuuuuut is this guy talking about?’ Well, you see, back in March I wrote this blog-article-thingy that detailed, in somewhat dramatic but very well articulated fashion, the reasons why I quit my job as a police officer.  It went viral.…

Excellence is Delicious: Navy Cross Recipient Brian Chontosh on Philosophy, Acceptance, and Finding your True Self

By Dustin | June 12, 2018

Brian Chontosh is a little bit of a legend. Now I’m not just talking about ‘he’s a real cool dude’ kind of a legend (although he is). When I say ‘legend’, I mean like a leprechaun sliding down a rainbow into a pot of gold kinda mythical legend. He’s a big deal. The real McCoy.…

Whining through the hard times

By Dustin | May 24, 2018

I’m pretty sure Grandpa Hammit would tell us all to stop bitching about how bad we have it. This would be the grandpa that fought in World War II. He’s not around anymore, and I never knew him. But family tradition has it that he was a pretty tough cookie. Normandy will do that to…

Making them understand: a rant on unbridled ignorance (and a cure!)

By Dustin | May 15, 2018

I was scrolling through the old Twitter-verse yesterday making myself angry. Ya know, there is nothing like Twitter to really get the outrage flowing. Twitter has none of the mental breaks of a Facebook feed: Fail Army, videos of parents pranking their kids because Jimmy Kimmel told them to, posts from your friends about what…

Dear Tony Plohetski

By Dustin | April 27, 2018

Dear Tony Plohetski, I saw your article in the Austin American Statesman. It’s the one where you question whether Austin Police training is too aggressive. Being a sucker, I clicked on it. Well titled, sir, and well played. Nothing like a controversial story to really generate the clicks needed for that ad revenue. Well done,…

Unlike me. Do it. Do it now.

By Dustin | April 25, 2018

Well, you don’t have to unlike me if you don’t want to. Actually, please don’t unlike me. I’m sorry for the outburst. Dammit. Let’s start over. I have a feeling that you had no clue what you were getting into when you pushed the little thumbs up button for The Insurgent Capitalist. All you saw…

Insurgent of the Week: Melanie Fletcher

By Dustin | April 19, 2018

One day, The Insurgent Capitalist was stalking successful entrepreneurs and side-hustlers and begging them for their secrets. And it occurred to him: writing about business is great, but behind every business is a person. And business is way more interesting when you know the story of the people behind them. New strategy: corner the target like…

Diving face first into the pool of entrepreneurship

By Dustin | April 17, 2018

I am a 36 year old man. I have a wife and four kids. And I just quit my job and dove face first into this thing called entrepreneurship. Why, you ask? Why would you do such a stupid and ill-advised thing? Why would you quit a perfectly good job to walk off into the…

Identity crisis: are you more than a job title?

By Dustin | April 13, 2018

When I resigned as a police officer, the most difficult aspects of leaving the job were not the calls or the pay. It wasn’t the driving fast or carrying a gun (I still do both). It sure as hell wasn’t the politics and paperwork. No, the toughest aspects of leaving were separating from the brothers…

Jason Borne is Insurgent AF… and he is coming for you in your sleep

By Dustin | April 6, 2018

Everyone knows Jason Borne. He’s that CIA operative who fell off a boat, lost his memory, and then decided to kill a bunch of bad dudes. Yes, that Jason Borne. Well today I got to meet Jason. And I lived to tell about it. And he wanted me to send you this message: he is coming…