David P. Goldman
David Paul Goldman is an economist, music critic, and author, best known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym 'Spengler'. As a religious Jew, Goldman says that he writes from a Judeo-Christian perspective and often focuses on demographic and economic factors in his analyses; he says his subject matter proceeds "from the theme formulated by Rosenzweig: the mortality of nations and its causes, Western secularism, Asian anomie, and unadaptable Islam."
Life and career
Goldman was born in the United States, grew up in a secular Jewish family. Goldman earned his BA in Columbia University in 1973, and completed his doctoral studies in economics at London School of Economics in 1976. In 1976-1982 Goldman was responsible for economic publications in the radical left Lyndon LaRouche movement. Goldman has described himself during that period as a radical, and an atheist.
Since the early eighties of the twentieth century Goldman's perceptions began to change, as he approaches progressively towards the conservative pole. Since 1984 Goldman is employed as an economist and CEO of investment funds and investment policies in senior positions in bodies such as Credit Suisse, Cantor Fitzgerald, Astry, SG Capital, and others. After leaving Wall Street, he became an editor for First Things magazine. Since September 2013, Goldman stands at the head of the Americas division in the Reoreint Group investment bank based in Hong Kong.
As an economist, Goldman published hundreds of articles and studies on various economic subjects, in professional journals as well as journals and dailies such as Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Alongside his work as an economist and analyst Goldman acquired music education (Master's degree in the City University of New York) published articles in musicology journals, and wrote his first book, published in 1989. Since 2002, Goldman has served as a member of the board of directors of Mannes School of Music, where previously a teacher.
Goldman is married and has two girls.
In a widely commented upon piece for Tablet Magazine in May, 2013 entitled 'Dumb and Dumber,' Goldman argued how both Republican and Democratic foreign policy elite in the United States have wrongly put their faith in the so-called Arab Spring. In Goldman's view, economic and demographic realities could condemn many Arab states to state failure.
As "Spengler", Goldman wrote about a wide range of topics, varying from music theory, to issues of culture and belief (Goldman himself is an observant Jew), but the in focus of his concern were geo-economic and geo-political issues. In his 2011 book "How Civilizations Die" Goldman revealed his worldview at length, inspired by Franz Rosenzweig and his "The Star of Redemption".
According to Goldman, following in Rosenzweig's footsteps, the decisive power regarding the fate of nations is their belief in their future and their relationship to their past. Goldman thinks that the true strength of a nation is exposed during the encounter with the modern age, with globalization and an open and changing array of perceptions and ideas. The experience of many nations, especially in Europe, to convert the religious belief in nationalism and the belief in the concept of a 'chosen people' and 'destiny' condemns them downfall, alongside the collapse of those ideas.
Similarly, the Muslim religion which draws the majority of its strength from a hierarchical, clan-like social structure, encounters a considerable difficulty in a situation where this structure can no longer exist, because of trends of expansion in education, urbanization and the expiring of traditional structures. Worsens the situation, according to Goldman, is the all-or-nothing perception characterizing Islam, which rejects any compromise between full acceptance of the Muslim faith, and absolute atheism.
- Goldman, David P (September 2011), It’s Not the End of the World, It’s Just the End of You: The Great Extinction of the Nations (paperback), New York, NY, USA: RVP Publishers, ISBN 978-1-61412-202-9.
- ——— (September 2011), How Civilizations Die (and why Islam is dying too) (hardcover ), Washington, DC, USA: Regnery, ISBN 1-59698273-X.
- Goldman, David (12/01/1991), "Growth Economics versus Macroeconomics", Public Interest (105): 78ff, ISSN 0033-3557 .
- ——— (2/1/2009), "Demographics & Depression", Human Life Review 35 (1/2): 153ff, ISSN 0097-9783 .
- ——— (2012), "Transparency in Bank Risk Modeling: A Solution to the Conundrum of Bank Regulation", Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 24 (1): 74–79, ISSN 1078-1196.
- Peer-reviewed articles (search results), Villa nova.
- Goldman, David P, "Archive of articles", First Things
- ———, "Spengler", Asia Times (archive of columns).
- ———, Spengler (archive of columns), Pajamas media.
- ———, Tablet magazine (archive of columns).
- Book of master market economists, Bloomberg.
- "And Spengler is...", Asia times Online, 18 April 2009.
- Goldman, David P (May 7, 2009), Confessions of a coward, "On the square", First things, "I have good reason to believe it to be true, having spent some years —from 1976 to 1986— in a gnostic cult under the leadership of a man named Lyndon LaRouche."
- David P Goldman, RVP, "He consulted for National Security Council during the Reagan administration, advised the post-Communist governments of Russia and Nicaragua, and ran major research groups at several Wall Street firms."
- http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/132459/dumb-and-dumber, http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2013/05/20/middle-east-mess-when-dems-and-gopers-agree-be-afraid/