About Our Authors



Stuart Lyle is acting editor of The Contrary Perspective.  A retired software executive and entrepreneur who found success focusing on people, instead of on technology.  He has traveled widely and spends significant time in Western and Eastern Europe.  He remains active in business helping young people navigate the hurdles of starting their own businesses.

b. traven is the co-founder of The Contrary Perspective.  A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and a retired business executive, traven is a wine grape farmer, humanist, and activist seeking to promote justice and greater understanding in the world. To this end, he has served as a marketing expert on missions for UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) in South Korea, Chile, and Jamaica, as well as for AIDO (Arab Industrial Development Organization) in Morocco.


Regular Contributors

Michael Gallagher, a coeval of Sr. Megan and a former Jesuit seminarian, served as a paratrooper during the Korean War.  His book on Catholic activists, The Laws of Heaven, won the National Jesuit Book Award in theology in 1992, and his translation of Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow was a finalist for the National Book Award in translation in 1972.

Richard Sahn is a Contrary Perspective regular and a professor of sociology.

Daniel N. White has lived in Austin, Texas, for a lot longer than he originally planned to.  He reads a lot more than we are supposed to, particularly about topics that we really aren’t supposed to worry about.  He works blue-collar for a living–you can be honest doing that–but is somewhat fed up with it right now.  He will gladly respond to all comments that aren’t too insulting or dumb.  He can be reached at Louis_14_le_roi_soleil@hotmail.com.


Occasional Contributors

W.J. Astore is a co-founder of The Contrary Perspective, and served as its editor from 2013 through 2015.  A retired professor of history, his interests include the history of science, technology, and religion, as well as military history (broadly conceived).

Alex Dunn is a British ex-pat who currently lives in Luxembourg.

Clay Bonnyman Evans is a journalist and author living in Colorado.  He invites you to visit his site, http://www.claybonnymanevans.com.  You may reach him at claybonnyman@gmail.com.

Matthew Jacobson is a lifelong student of the history of American politics.

Greg Laxer is a lifelong peace activist who served time in military prisons for opposing the war against Viet Nam from within the U.S. Army.

Michael Murry is a Vietnam Veteran, gargoyle sculptor, and poet.  He occupies the Asian Desk for The Contrary Perspective.

Steve Naidamast is a senior software engineer by profession and a military historian by avocation.

Henry Pelifian has worked in both public and private sectors with years in Thailand, Malaysia and Iran.  He served in the U.S. Army in South Vietnam and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.  He has written two books and a play, THOREAU.

Jacek Popiel was born in Poland and educated in Africa, Canada, and the United States. He speaks five languages. His career spans military and international business development in the Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, North America, and Japan. He is currently a freelance writer and political consultant. His book “Viable Energy Now,” grew out of his military and international business experience and his professional involvement with energy issues.

Don Rose is a long-time political strategist (now retired) who is part of the conscience of Chicago.

Walter Stewart rose from a private in the army of regulars, reservists, and draftees raised to fight in Vietnam, to a major general serving with the thousands of citizen-soldiers of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Now retired, Stewart is a strong advocate for a citizen-military and a saner world.

P.J. Sullivan is the author of three books of historical nonfiction, including “Mostly Rapscallions,” a book of satire about the jokers in history’s deck.

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