June 01, 2002
My Blog and Welcome to It

This is my first entry. I am now a blogger.

I have a wife and a daughter and a son. I also have a day job. A page with more information about me is here. Please don't tell my wife this is what I'm doing when I'm on the computer as she probably has other chores for me to do.

I will spend most of my time writing about:
Current Events
I am a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I'm a nice guy and want to address society's problems and I want disadvantaged people to become better advantaged. By instincts and experience I believe that government seldom delivers the benefits the "bleeding heart liberals" and "big government conservatives" always seem to hope for. In many cases government only makes things worse. As with technology and prose, less is often more. I'm not one of those doctrinaire Big-L Libertarians who want to eliminate government. My aim is to improve government by making it smaller. The most important part of this process is to persuade our fellow citizens to demand less of our government.

I'm also interested in foreign affairs, particularly about the situation in the Middle East. Not only because I have personal and family ties to Israel, but because the events throughout that part of the world affect our lives here in the United States. A collection of my own writings and interesting links about the Middle East is here I'm less of a libertarian when it comes to foreign policy. Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place.

Smarter Investing
I am not an investment guru. There are no investment gurus. If anybody approaches you claiming that they are an investment guru, hold on to your wallet, invent an excuse to terminate the conversation ("oops, it's 2 o'clock. I have to go pick up my poodle from the carwash") and RUN AWAY.

I spent nearly 3 years of my life doing research to figure out "the ultimate way" to invest my own money. My one-sentence conclusion, which could have saved me not only 3 years of reading finance books, but also tens of thousands of dollars is: "Buy and hold a diversified portfolio, minimize your costs and taxes." As a result of this research I developed software for managing diversified, tax-efficient portfolios. My software is now used by some top-notch investment advisors to manage real portfolios. Some of my work is available on the web at personalfund.com

Every once in a while I will yield to temptation and brag about my children.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 01, 2002 11:00 PM

I was so impressed with the way you dealt (are dealing) with the Saudi Embassy...if it wasn't so tragically real...it would be a very funny comedy! As a clin. Psych I have had some major concerns re the internet as a means of communication, however since Sept 11 and the resurgence of anti-semitism (anti-zionism?), it has proved to be of immense value and comfort. Never more so than when I accidentally discovered a gem of a human being like yourself - making a qualitative difference whilst retaining a sense of humour to boot! Thank you for your generous, intelligent spirit and I look forward to your future postings.
Ronit Fraid
Melbourne, Australia

Posted by: Ronit Fraid on June 3, 2002 03:39 PM

Saudi Arabia, the GOLIATH

Now that link is a tip of the -- oppressor dictator -- iceberg, which is the reason for less evidence.

Posted by: Palulina on June 3, 2003 04:12 AM

"I'm not one of those doctrinaire Big-L Libertarians who want to eliminate government."

I challenge you to go to the Libertarian Party website, and provide evidence from the Libertarian Party platform--or anywhere else on the Libertarian Party website, for that matter--that Libertarians "want to eliminate government."


Mark Bahner (Libertarian)

Posted by: Mark Bahner on October 2, 2003 02:22 PM
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