Way of the Warrior Kid

By | November 23, 2021

[November 23, 2021]  Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink is the author behind the best-selling Warrior Kid book series.1  I just bought his fourth and latest in the series.  Do we need another series of self-help books about “kids?” Given the destruction by well-meaning but misguided politicians in their safe-at-all-costs policies, I think Jocko has hit a home run… Read More »

Another Letter to Read

By | November 22, 2021

[November 22, 2021]  Portland State University has a problem and it’s a problem of a self-inflicted variety; the worst kind.  Portland State has slowly drifted into the realm of illiberalism and it stinks … according to Peter Boghossian, a professor who just resigned his position that he held for a decade.  Here is his letter to the Provost. … Read More »

Douglas R. Satterfield

A Parent’s Letter to Read

By | November 21, 2021

[November 21, 2021]  Brearley, it’s a private all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  It costs $54,000 a year and prospective families apparently have to take an “anti-racism pledge” to be considered for admission. Gutmann chose to pull his daughter, who has been in the school since kindergarten, and sent this missive to all 600 or… Read More »

Douglas R. Satterfield

More Poor Leadership: a “Diplomatic Boycott”

By | November 19, 2021

[November 19, 2021]  The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin February 4, 2022, in Beijing, China and the neighboring Hebel province. Communist China is a repressive, totalitarian state that uses slave labor, genocide and aggressively destroys the economy of various nations, to name a few.  The U.S., in the Biden Administration, has chosen to exercise poor leadership… Read More »

Clearing the Spindle: Systematic Racism

By | November 18, 2021

[November 18, 2021]  There has been an awful lot of hyperventilating about “systematic racism” in the U.S., most of it grossly overblown. Don’t believe me?  Please, change my mind.  I lived in 20 countries, and across most of America and of all those places, this is where I find the least racist folks.  Systematic racism is one of… Read More »

Illustrating Poor Leadership: Mayorkas

By | November 17, 2021

[November 17, 2021]  Whenever strong leaders come to mind, we think of those who have courage, decisive, and bold.  All good leaders have these traits.  But how many good leaders are also loyal?  Every great leader is.  Those who are not loyal to their team illustrate poor leadership. “My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.” –… Read More »

Core Socialist Values (China)

By | November 16, 2021

[November 16, 2021]  In 2012, China formally adopted an idealistic set of 12 “core socialist values” at their 18th National Congress.1  This set of values, not unlike core values I’ve written about here in my blog, attempt to set the stage for how citizens of China see themselves in relation to citizens of other nations and among themselves. … Read More »

The Allure of Irresponsibility

By | November 14, 2021

[November 14, 2021]  The allure of irresponsibility is too strong to resist.  Our most admired institutions (academia, the military, large corporations) are failing American citizens and hurting democracy through their encouragement of irresponsibility. In academia, we are unfocused, individualized, and scattered.  A cultural void has descended upon us and hit unexpectedly, for we were not on guard.  Ignorance… Read More »