I was an accounting professor for many years. Before that I was in business. I hail from South Africa originally but have lived in the States for many years. This blog is intended for my opinions about the things that matter to me, which I can summarize broadly as the role of faith in political and economic issues.
My blogging style is to try to present facts and avoid “politics.” Time and again you will hear me say that good people can disagree on how to solve this problem or that. What I think we should all come to agree on is the nature of the problem. I say this knowing that sometimes the “facts” are not all known. Good people can disagree on whether the Great Depression would have ended with government policy or whether it was the war that brought it to a close. But, at least we should be able to have a conversation about what facts we do have. I am a scientist at heart and believe that we should follow the facts and changes in our understanding of the facts and not allow prejudice get in the way.
My approach to life might be described as ethical or religious. I have a conviction that we have a responsibility for one another, for our children and grandchildren and for our environment. I have written and will be writing some more on topics related to this concern including issues such as climate change, the energy future, nature conservation and the like.
One of the problems with a blog is that there seems to be no good way to hyperlink entries so a note on climate change, say, that I wrote in 2009 remains disconnected from a note that I wrote in 2012. In an attempt to get around that, I plan to blog here on topics that seem to crop up over and over again. I plan to list those topics on this page in alphabetical order and to refer to them from my blog. We'll see how that works.