Years ago, like many New Yorkers, I got into the habit of saying I was “socially liberal, fiscally conservative.” However, I have forced myself to stop leaning on this cliché, as its brand has been somewhat diluted.

If you are okay with criminalization of black people and over-policing of black…


It’s not often we have a chance for a do-over, a chance to right history’s wrongs. Like the proverbial Hollywood movie where the character gets a chance to go back in time and fix a seminal mistake (i.e., Mr. Destiny, The Family Man, See You Yesterday, etc.), our country now…


When I read about Joe Biden’s latest gaffe, I couldn’t help but chuckle. It would all be so sad if it weren’t so predictable. It brings to mind some words from Malcolm X, which is timely given that last week (May 19th) marked Malcolm X’s 95th birthday.

Image: Matt Rourke/AP

Happy Birthday, Malcolm…


I need a distraction, as old movies and sports clips are no longer cutting it for me. So let’s pass time by speculating about the future. Not just the rash of babies named Karona Vyruss Johnson or divorces in a few months (or both, for those particularly volatile relationships), but…


Once a day my wife and I take our newborn daughter, go to our local track and work out. I dribble my soccer ball, sprint on the field, run on the track and jump on the stairs. She does stretching, walking and calisthenics. We take turns watching our daughter, who…


Around the world, people are giving rounds of applause to the seemingly tireless healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. While this is a thoughtful and well-deserved gesture, it’s worth a reminder about the immigration angle. …


Dear Pandemic:

Thank you for your application for American citizenship. While I was initially skeptical given your origin in China and your coming of age in Europe, several new issues have since come to light.

First, while the novel coronavirus doesn’t care about race or nationality, apparently you have been…


While contemporary soccer fans debate whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time (the answer: both!), and while older fans debate whether Pelé or Diego Maradona is the greatest player of all time, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the next level of…


Hopefully we’ll look at the “stick to sports” notion someday like we look at blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, surfer slang from the 1980s, or grunge rock from the 1990s. That is, as something that we once thought was interesting but would be silly to apply to our current era.


The NCAA’s announcement this past Tuesday that it is clearing the way for college athletes to begin profiting from their name, image and likeness has generated quite a bit of buzz, especially in wake of California’s recently-passed law requiring the state’s schools to allow college athletes to earn endorsement money…

Desi Duncker

Born in the Bronx, lived in Harlem, just moved back to NJ. BA from Harvard, MBA from Dartmouth, CFA. Dual citizen: USA & Jamaica, Finance & Soccer.

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