Sydney Williams
Sydney Williams
Sydney Williams
Specialist subject
Free market
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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Burrowing into Books Reviews of Selective Readings

Burrowing into Books Reviews of Selective Readings

“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"

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

One American’s View of Europe

“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

“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,…


“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

“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

“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

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"

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

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