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. 

  • “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton “Or does it?” – The Lonely Realist On November 13th, responding to public pressure, the Supreme Court announced that its nine Justices had approved a code of conduct for their own behavior substantially similar to...

  • “’From rags to riches’ has a unique American meaning.” – The Lonely Realist The opportunity for money and power can drive ambition to incredible lengths heights. As Jay and the Americans sang, “Only in America can a kid without a cent get a break and...

  • “Is it better for hatred to be hidden or out-in-the-open?” – The Lonely Realist Latent hatred is dangerous. Blatant hatred can be addressed … and resolved. Humans have biases and they act on those biases, whether openly or surreptitiously. Prejudices are powerful drivers of human...

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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.