About the Blogger
I’m a financial professional and I’ve been self-employed for the vast majority of my professional career spanning some 30 years. I’m a news junkie and love to write. I should have probably gone into journalism, but I suppose it’s never too late to pursue other interests and I believe most of us are fully capable of pursuing more than one career in a lifetime– although “career” generally means something one is getting paid for. That’s not something that I’ve set out to do here, however, so my “pay” is simply coming from the satisfaction I get from blogging and that’s sufficient at this point.
I’m not an ideologue who can be placed in the neatly dichotomized categories of “liberal” or “conservative”. Those labels are fictions anyway because most people don’t fit entirely into one camp or the other and I just don’t like labeling myself. My political views are a conglomerate of a lot of stuff including my experiences. They’re also flexible as I’ll reconsider my position on something in the face of information or facts not previously considered.
My reading interests revolve around economics, business, politics and history. Each of these has linkages to explaining and analyzing the conditions affecting African-Americans in this country. It is my view that many of the challenges faced by the African-American community have their genesis from issues within the community rather than without. Given that, there are some brutal truths that must be grappled with and some urgent discussions must be had. Ultimately, we must act. Shaping this sort of discussion and fostering action forms the primary basis for this blog, but not the only basis.
I also like engagement in the broader world around me and often there are things that occur that don’t fit neatly into what traditionally are considered African-American concerns, but are part of the broader tapestry the world operates in. Of particular concern to me is the economic sphere and the vast changes that are occurring on that front that have been set in place over the years. These changes promise to bode very challenging times as we navigate a new emerging economic world where things will be vastly different than the past. There’s a great tendency for most people to assume that the recent past is what the future will also look like and normally that’s a reasonable assumption, except in periods like the one we’re in of fast and dramatic change. I’ll spend a fair amount of time talking about these challenges as well.
Finally, an explanation about the name of the blog. A clarion was a medieval trumpet that emitted a loud and clear sound. A clarion call is a powerful request for urgent action on an irresistible mandate. On a number of fronts, it’s clear that such a call is sorely needed.