My name is Michael Sappir, and this site is where you can find things I write.
Writing is a life-long passion of mine, and I am fortunate to be able to pursue it in three languages – my native languages of English and Hebrew, as well as German, which I have been learning since highschool. The English version of this site shows not only things I wrote in English, but also summaries of potentially interesting things published in Hebrew and German.
My main areas of interest include political economy, climate change, Jewish politics, (anti-)colonialism, and modern revolutionary movements. I also love video games, history, the free Internet, dogs — and all points of intersection between them (I’m looking at you, historical dog memes!).
I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, in a bilingual English/Hebrew-speaking home. From there I moved to Leipzig, Germany, where I now live, after having spent a few years back in Israel (but in Tel Aviv).
As a teen I was involved in founding and promoting a democratic school, and I spent my early twenties promoting and organizing democratic education as a movement. You can read stuff I wrote around that time on my old blog (I don’t necessarily agree with everything I wrote there anymore.)
I studied Linguistics at the undergraduate level, and found it fascinating and rewarding, but I ultimately felt I need to put my focus more on social and political issues. I moved back to Israel right after my BA and got involved with political work there while deepening my political education.
While in Israel I also worked in a website and software design company, where I learned a lot about the art and science of experience design, as well as about the dark art of online marketing and many other technical aspects of online publishing.