Sydney Williams
Sydney Williams
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Sydney Williams
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I retired in 2015, after spending 48 years on Wall Street. I have been writing thought pieces, which deal with U.S. politics, education, cultural habits, the economy, markets and global politics, since 2000. Politically, I am registered as an Independent or Unaffiliated. My leanings are free-market, small government – liberal in the classical sense.

I have had published two books of essays:
One Man’s Family: Growing Up in Peterborough and Other Stories
Notes from Old Lyme: Life on the Marsh and Other Essays.
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Things and joy

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Things and joy

“I looked around the rooms I did not see as rooms, but more as landscapes for my emotions, a biography of memory.”…

Burrowing into Books - "The Golden Hour," by Beatriz Williams

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Burrowing into Books - "The Golden Hour," by Beatriz Williams

“‘The golden hour,’ Wilfred waves his hand at the sun, “…that’s when everything looks  the most beautiful, just before the sun sets. This luminous air turning everything to gold.’”…

A Visit to the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

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A Visit to the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

“Six million of our people live on in our hearts. We are their eyes that remember. We are their voice that cries out. The dreadful scenes flow from their dead eyes to our open ones. And those scenes will be remembered exactly as they happened.”…

Burrowing into Books -"Uncle Dynamite" by P.G. Wodehouse

Burrowing into Books -"Uncle Dynamite" by P.G. Wodehouse

“He looked pleased with himself, and who shall blame him? A man whose  mission is to spread sweetness and light and to bring the young folk together may  surely be forgiven a touch of complacency when happy endings start going off like  crackers all around him and he sees the young folk coming together in droves.”…

Burrowing into Books - "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence" by Peter Mayle

Burrowing into Books - "My Twenty-Five Years in Provence" by Peter Mayle

  “After several months our luck finally changed. We found a house on a hillside, with several thousand acres of the Luberon Natural Regional Park at the end of the back garden, a modest vineyard and the fine old village of Ménerbes two minutes away.”…

Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

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Burrowing into Books - "Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope

“When a man has means of his own, he can please himself. Do you marry a woman with money,  and then you may kick up your heels and do as you like about the Colonial Office. When  a man hasn’t money, of course he must fit himself to the circumstances of the profession.”…

The Perils of Identity Politics

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The Perils of Identity Politics

“Contemporary politics is driven by a quest for equal recognition by  groups that have been marginalized by their societies. But the desire for equal  protection can easily slide over with a demand for recognition of the groups superiority.”…

Morality and Evolution

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Morality and Evolution

  “Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: It involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.”…

Burrowing into Books - "The Thirty-One Kings"

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Burrowing into Books - "The Thirty-One Kings"

“The Thirty-One Kings” Robert J. Harris   “As the sun slanted toward the west, the cries of plovers and curlews echoed off the hills and the breeze carried a tang of burning peat from the hearth of a far-off cottage.”…

Indulging Victimhood

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Indulging Victimhood

“You always have to play the hand you are dealt. If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.”…

Purpose of Government and the Downside of Dependency

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Purpose of Government and the Downside of Dependency

“The purpose of government is to enable the people to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the people, not the governors.”…

Burrowing into Books - “Lord of the Flies”

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Burrowing into Books - “Lord of the Flies”

“Lord of the Flies” William Golding   “Evening was come, not with calm beauty but with the threat of violence.”…

Burrowing into Books - "12 Rules for Life"

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Burrowing into Books - "12 Rules for Life"

“12 Rules for Life” Jordan B. Peterson   “…without rules we quickly become slaves to our passions – and there’s nothing freeing about that.”…

Purpose of Education

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Purpose of Education

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”…

One American’s View of Europe

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“But the problem is not social democracy as such, but rather the  perception that the center-left has forgotten the fundamental values.”…

Burrowing into Books - "The Second World Wars" - Victor Davis Hanson

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Burrowing into Books - "The Second World Wars" - Victor Davis Hanson

“Unlike World War I, there has never been any doubt as to who caused, won and lost World War II.” Victor Davis Hanson, The Second World Wars Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in classics and military history at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His background is ideal for an analysis of the Second World War. “Wars” are plural in the title because,…

Markets

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Markets

“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”…

A Political Philosophy

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“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when  they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than  generally understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.”…

The Thucydides Trap - As It Applies to Europe

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“There is no week, nor day, nor hour when tyranny may not enter our country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”…

Political Mislabels

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Hypocrisy, false labels, can create slogans, but no poems; propaganda, but not life: there are no roots, there are no realities to nurture creative work Pablo Antonio Cuadra (1912-2002) Nicaraguan poet, essayist and critic The Left hijacked the label “Liberal.” Yet they favor an empowered government and diminished rights for individuals. Is it liberal to hamper free speech on…

Essay from Essex: "Getting Older"

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”…

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