Author Archives: David Smith

About David Smith

One of the guys named Smith who was once a consultant. This is not his first rodeo. Or his second or third.

Absolute Faith and its Consequences

Looking back at the worst times, it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in this matter that they insisted that … Continue reading

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Choosing to be a Citizen

Citizens aren’t profit-seeking agents who are simply constrained by rules. Citizens behave even if there isn’t a rule about it. Citizens aren’t craven partisans, voting for party over fact. Citizens do the right thing because they can, even if the … Continue reading

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A Michael Moment

“Every great second act has a midpoint. In this instant something happens that ratchets our entire story to a higher level. The stakes go up, way up. “Characters whom we thought we understood must suddenly be viewed in an entirely … Continue reading

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Immediacy

“One of the most useful bits of advice I ever got, came from the writer Anne Herbert who said that whenever she got an invitation to do something months away or even a week away, she asked herself whether she … Continue reading

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The Internet of Beefs

“A beef-only thinker is someone you cannot simply talk to. Anything that is not an expression of pure, unqualified support for whatever they are doing or saying is received as a mark of disrespect, and a provocation to conflict. From … Continue reading

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Muddled

“Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.”–G.K. Chesterton Of course, that’s only the case in Chesterton’s day, and he died in 1936. Today’s … Continue reading

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Nothing I Want You To See

“It’s not that I have something to hide. I have nothing I want you to see.” — Anon Seen online this morning. This strikes a chord with my background in security and patient privacy. Most of us, or at least … Continue reading

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Say Something…

“I started public speaking a few years later. I was always scared to speak in front of others and be judged. But I always had two goals when I spoke: “Say something they’ve never heard before. Usually wrapped inside a … Continue reading

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What Can I Do?

“If you are asking me what the individual can do right now, in a political sense, I’d have to say he can’t do all that much. Speaking for myself, I am more concerned with the transformation of the individual, which … Continue reading

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The Dominant Media Narrative of the Day

“The thing the media is talking about, in heavy rotation. “The breaking news, the one you’re required to give an opinion on. “The thing is, if it’s not for you, about you, or something you need to engage in, then … Continue reading

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