David Huntwork

Workshop of the Second Self
Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
You're to Blame for Everything
Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
I Am NOT An Animal
The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
2996: A tribute to the victims of 9-11
Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

A Book Review

We increasingly live in a society where everyone is a victim; and just one step from everyone having a disability. We have gone far beyond the physical handicaps, or the obvious mental illness, that were normally and traditionally defined as disabilities. Now it encompasses alcoholism, being shy, being ugly, anxieties of all sorts, phobias of every strip, fear of crowds, fear of open spaces, and of aliens abducting you in the middle of the night. Nearly everything that might conceivably or conjecturally 'hold one back' or make it more difficult to be successful is an automatic gateway to victimhood. It has reached into race, religion, social and economic class, and even just being born as anything less than the stereotypical upper class WASP so vilified by modern political ideologies.

The social engineers of the day have declared that the old notion of opportunity is not good enough. Those who start at a higher disadvantage than others are no longer encouraged and praised to overcome the obstacles beyond their control or bestowed upon them by birth, but to declare 'victimhood' and 'disability.' And with such designations comes the expectation of exceptional accommodation and 'just compensation' from society at large. The burden of success and achievement is shifting from the individual to an obligation that must be provided by the government and the culture at large.

Author Gary Wolf explores many of these concepts, as well as several others, in his newest novel entitled Workshop of the Second Self. Wolf has long told the tales of various futures arising from the misguided 'isms' that pollute modern societal thought and actions. The modern architects of cultural engineering seek to tear down civilization as we know it and replace it with an alternative utopian vision of how things 'should be.' And no annoying stumbling blocks like logic or common sense will stand in the way of their quest for the fountain of perpetual equality.

The Workshop of the Second Self is set in the not so distant future where victimhood is synonymous with disability. Wolf's main character is Clifton Pembroke, a 'disability advocate'; and a pioneer in the field of 'rediscovery.' Rediscovery is a method used by some who assert that their very birth was an injustice and that they should have been a different person. They even know who that other person is, and they use the field of 'disability advocacy' to legally seize the other's identify.

Clifton finds himself not only the target of the same process and out of a job, but the subject of an assassination plot by a group known as the East Side Bombers who in their quest for the novel idea of 'group rediscovery' are targeting and killing all those who stand in their way.

With his life turned upside down, and questioning his own belief in all that he had known and advocated, Clifton embarks on a series of adventures. Wrestling with a variety of ethical dilemmas he ends up with a cast of eccentric characters who belong to something known as the Workshop of the Second Self. An eccentric mix of historians, philosophers, artists and intellectual rebels, the members of the Workshop are the last of the searchers for reason and truth in a world wallowing in irrationality.

The small band of merry men in the Workshop believe that popular culture and the indoctrinated minds of society can be eventually overcome one person at a time. They believe that Truth can be passed person to person and that, if kept alive, can eventually reestablish itself. It may take ten years or one hundred, but they believe that true reason and logic will be able to rescue civilization as long as it is kept alive, if even by a few.

The task is immense, due to the confusion in which the world is mired. Something happened to our civilization, Clifton, that caused it to arrive at the situation in which we find ourselves today. Somewhere along the line, perhaps due to the great strides in technology or the unprecedented material wealth, we became drunk with our own power. We adopted a grand illusion, that everything could be rationalized and perfected. That we could set up our society exactly as it pleased us, according to some preconceived notion of what's best for everybody. Such thinking leads to disaster, for the simple reason that it is contrary to the way things happen... — Munk, a member of the Workshop of the Second Self.

For the last several years Gary Wolf has been exploring alternative futures based upon the logic, reasoning and goals of the various political ideologies that inhabit the Left. He has also authored Shaya, The Embracer, and Alternating Worlds.

Workshop of the Second Self is available for sale at all the major online stores including

Author Gary Wolf was formerly an analyst and commentator on international and strategic affairs. He currently works for a major global software company. Raised in New York and London, he now lives in Paris.

Western Civilization is under vigorous assault by strong forces from both within and without. It deserves to have its defenders and its champions. Through his books Gary Wolf is doing his part to help defend Western Civilization and I salute him for his efforts.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams