This is Alex Koroknay-Palicz, executive director of the National Youth Rights Association. He thinks kids should be able to drive, work, drink, screw, smoke and vote whenever they want, as long as they pass "competency tests," because the current set of age-limit regimes spoil and coddle the nation's young people. (Which is true, but so do their parents.) Anyway, in Alex's relentless (and oh yes, quixotic) pursuit of these goals he has remained something of a youth himself, subsisting on Ramen in a $365-a-month room in Maryland and driving a beat-up clunker he bought at age 16. His president Stefan is more of a looker, but I'm choosing Alex for an occasional series I may decide to start tentatively titled "Dudes in the News Who Totally Remind Me Of The Type Of Dude I Would Fuck," because I usually don't date the looker, and Alex is profiled in an extensively entertaining Washington Post story today: "He had a paper route when he was 9 years old and his own checking account when he was 10. He felt financially self-reliant and he wanted to spend his money as he saw fit, but, he says, his parents didn't let him. Like the time in middle school when he wanted to buy a mini-fridge to put in his basement room. They said no." [Washington Post]

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