The New York Yacht Club,
16 October 2015;
"The Lost Soul of Mr. William Fife III"
I am an author and writer concerned with the aesthetic values of civilization and the power of high art over political and cultural decadence. My economics are libertarian, my social views conservatively democratic and my ideals aristocratic. My politics are anything that is not Republican, Democrat, pro-war or anti-Reason. I believe very strongly in the possibilities of rational discourse and debate to assure the best possible conditions for human society and happiness.
My journalistic career has spanned the wars of Yugoslavia, the tragedies of the Mideast, the brilliance of a Viennese monarch, the woes of modern geopolitics, and the lost standards of gold. I have been employed as a speech and op-ed writer for a prominent dignitary; my books and essay-writing may be seen elsewhere in these pages. I am the author of a history of World War II in southeastern Europe (John Wiley & Sons, New York). I am the author of a novel, The Last Will and Testament of Western Man and of a book of essays entitled The Forest and the Faustian Soul. These await 'imminent' publication.
I write a column, Swiss Watch, on the conservative 'philosophy of money' and wealth management principles of ultra-traditional Swiss private banks. This column was commissioned by a respected online economics journal and its parent think-tank.
I am the (rather recent) founder of a literary press to publish certain works of my own and of a production company of AMan For All Seasons-type ambitions (links to follow soon). The spirit of Vienna that pervades this site is that of the afterglow of a decade-plus in that city, a profound time.