About An Independent Mind


Like many independents I believe that commentary from the Left and Right has become so hyper-polarized that it fails to address or understand our underlying problems. This blog tries to step back from the fray and analyze current events from an independent perspective. I base my observations on fact and reason, not on fiction and emotion.


An Independent Mind is published by Jeffrey Harding, a real estate investor, former business attorney, college professor, and writer. I also write a column for the Santa Barbara Sentinel.

I published The Daily Capitalist, a popular blog on economics and finance, for five years. I started in in 2008 because just before the crash everyone in the Mainstream was saying everything was just fine. The politicians, the Fed, most economists, financial analysts, and all the mainstream media were wrong. I wanted to find out what really caused and I did.

My articles were and are cited, republished, or linked to by popular investor sites such as Zero Hedge, Seeking Alpha, and Minyanville, as well as media sites such as Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, Forbes’ Real Clear Markets, Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, The Street, Forbes.com, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), and The Mises Institute. I also appeared on Fox Business News and NPR’s Marketplace Money. The Daily Capitalist had a strong record of economic forecasting.

Until recently, I was an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California, where I taught Real Estate Investment. SBCC is consistently rated as the nation’s No. 1 community college. I was a lawyer for many years, but most of my career has been involved in real estate as an investor and entrepreneur. 

I can be reached at jh@anindependentmind.com

Reader Comments

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The Motto

Dixi et salvavi animum meam is a latin saying “I have spoken and saved my soul”. This is something borrowed from Catholic doctrine: by confessing one’s sins, one is redeemed. I use it in a secular sense: by speaking out against ignorance I hope in some small way to make the world a better place.

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Articles from an independent mind are copyrighted by Jeffrey Harding. Any material may be reproduced and used without permission with the requirement that the user must identify the material’s origin as being from this site and must contain a link back to this site.