The Lonely Realist
Political & Financial Commentary

The Lonely Realist is a bridge across the partisan gap, raising questions and making pointed observations about politics, economics, international relations and the markets. Its goal is to raise awareness and inspire thought on controversial issues that impact America and Americans, highlighting issues that should be, but rarely are, the focus of bipartisan discussion.


In seeking to promote dialogue, The Lonely Realist is not an advocate of conclusions or remedies. To the extent perceived biases leak into these pages, as they sometimes do, please ignore them. They are inadvertent missteps. 

  • “What do today’s revolutions portend?” – The Lonely Realist As TLR first noted in August 2019, the world has experienced massive revolutions over the past 250 years in agriculture, industrial production, technology (including artificial intelligence) and biotechnology, all of which are continuing. They have brought...

  • “America’s treasury is bankrupt.” – The Lonely Realist As Herb Stein, Chairman of the Counsel of Economic Advisers under Presidents Nixon and Ford, famously said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop” – Stein’s Law. America’s combination of excessive spending, too-low taxes and...

  • “A deflating crypto bubble is now hemorrhaging from Ponzi punctures.” – The Lonely Realist In July’s “Crypto Reality,” TLR noted that although crypto was devised to be a transparent, democratic, de-centralized financial technology that would overcome the burdens of traditional finance and allow investors to safely...

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America’s Love Affair with TINA

I first fell in love with TINA in 2009.  It was early Spring and I’d been hurt, pretty badly, in 2008.  That had followed the break-up of a serious relationship with Value that had topped out in October 2007.  My personal affair with TINA began

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R.I.P. TINA?

“Is America’s love affair with TINA finally coming to an end?” –The Lonely Realist As TLR has highlighted repeatedly over the past three years (most recently in October 2020, May 2021 and September 2021), although the Federal Reserve has the ability to deflate inflationary pressures

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Bridging the COVID Divide*

“Sufficient data currently exists to support a bipartisan national COVID policy. Fractured America now has a path forward to address COVID’s harsh realities.” – The Lonely Realist Mistake followed by mistake characterizes how Federal, State and local governments have dealt with the COVID pandemic. Politicians

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William (Bill) Natbony is The Lonely Realist, its author and originator. The opinions expressed in TLR are solely Bill’s opinions, have not been edited or reviewed, and do not reflect the views or opinions or any other person.