About Me

About Sam Mitchell

The best way to judge whether to take the time to read my work would be to sample a couple of pieces. But, if you want credentials, here they are: I retired in 2019 after over 35 years as an equity and private equity portfolio manager. My last stop was service on the investment committee of Fairfax Financial, a wonderful Toronto-based global property and casualty insurance company. I have served on the board of directors of three NYSE-listed companies. I have an MBA (’66) from Harvard Business School, and AB (’64) from Harvard College. The University at that time lived up to its  motto, “Veritas”. Not so much anymore after it succumbed to wokeism.

Over my career, I have read and/or listened to thousands of presentations by powerful people in business and government.  I have learned that almost nothing is as it is made out to be, especially where the interests of the powerful are concerned. Genuine insight often comes not from the powers-that-be but from voices that have been marginalized because they dissent from what the powerful want us to believe. Provided these voices pass my “smell test” for integrity and knowledge, I hope to contribute to helping them be heard.

Samuel A. Mitchell

This blog presents ideas and observations that in my view better describe how the world works than what we hear, read, and see from the elites who dominate our politics, government, media, academia, and the entertainment industry. Those with the power and influence to shape our lives and our perceptions seem impressed with their own intellectual and moral superiority. I believe, however, that they are wrong about much of what they think is true. The spectacle of their behavior would be some combination of pathetic and funny, were it not for the devastating consequences their ideas and actions have for the rest of us.

I do not ask anyone to take anything I say at face value. I do ask people to go see for themselves and make up their own minds. I will indeed express what I think and why. But, much more important, I will give readers access to the work of other people – most of whom the public has never heard of – whose insights into various subjects of interest strike me as true or at least more true than alternative explanations.

The title, Truth or Nonsense, sounds presumptuous. Only God knows what is really true; the rest of us have to settle for partial truths. A longer but more accurate description of what I am trying to offer is this: what you read here is what I believe to be a more accurate depiction of reality than what is presented by those who dominate the organs of opinion creation and communication. I believe the narratives of the powerful about the economy, foreign policy, climate change, what humans really are (purely material beings) are mainly wrong, and if used as a guide to action will lead to poverty and suffering. All I ask of you is to see for yourself what the alternative viewpoints have to say about how the world works. Do they pass your “smell test?” Do they seem to explain what’s happening better than what you hear from the powers-that-be? Do they give you a better theory of how the world works, i.e., what causes what and why? I hope these perspectives help you understand the world a little more clearly and take better care of yourself and your family.

Ground Rules

I strongly welcome comments.The central principle for commenting is, “Always respect the person, never respect the idea.” While I hope you will be moved to comment, there is no place here for snark, profanity, ad hominem attacks, etc. Civility must rule. I am always interested in reading thoughtful analysis of how I can be or am wrong, and why.