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Wisdom from a Brilliant Member of a ‘Rare and Endangered

Species’ – a “San Francisco Conservative!”

Scholarly Writing from an Entrepreneurial Mind

Educator/Entrepreneur/Musician/Writer David Parker Provides

Insight and Historical Context to Today’s Heated Political Debate

During this turbulent time, the individual and governmental decisions that are being made are likely to have a “ripple effect”--  for decades to come. In the nick of time, a new book offers a much-needed reminder that the timeless principles of economics are essential to the preservation of American democracy. Entrepreneur, investor, lifelong educator, David Parker, at age 50, went back to school to gain a deeper understanding of these enduring ideas–and the missteps of nations that deviated from them—to write his playfully-titled new book, A San Francisco Conservative. Just as Parker’s first book, Income and Wealth, provided readers with a thought-provoking examination of the foundation on which the nation’s freedom rests, his latest book, “a letter to progressives,” also serves as a message of reassurance and challenge to the conventional political thinking of the day.

The issues David Parker addresses in this thought-provoking book are those he has focused on for more than half a century, throughout his 40-year career as a teacher in San Francisco’s public schools.  In “A San Francisco Conservative,” he reminds readers that “crises” have affected the American economy numerous times over the nation’s history – but they pass. Parker provides well-researched support for his belief that economic opportunities always exist. He cautions that government leaders – especially those who identify themselves as progressives – are jeopardizing the very democracy that has produced prosperity.

The themes covered in A San Francisco Conservative range from education to taxes, and the political process itself. Parker challenges the widespread belief that a “conservative” (whether a resident of San Francisco or elsewhere) lacks empathy or a personal commitment to help those who are less fortunate. The government programs supported by many in today’s progressive movement to counter this misunderstanding do little more than increase the nation’s deficit in a dangerous way, Parker says.

The wisdom of David Parker is also showcased in a new podcast series, also titled A San Francisco Conservative. In each episode of this new podcast series, David Parker shares his insight and the results of his scholarly research on a variety of topics, often focusing on what he envisions as the proper role of government and how individuals can arrange for the principles of a free market economy to work in their favor. 


David Parker is the author of Income and Wealth, published in 2021, and A San Francisco Conservative. He began his career in education at the age of 24 and served students of San Francisco’s inner-city public elementary schools for 40 years as a music teacher, followed by 10 years as a volunteer. While pursuing his career in education, Parker became a very successful real estate investor. Parker’s career as a musician is similarly impressive. He spent 20 years as a member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, then 20 years as leader of the Dave Parker Sextet, which twice headlined the San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Parker’s thoughtful essays have been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times and prestigious law journals. In addition to being an author, entrepreneur and investor, David Parker is also a proud father and grandfather.  He is already hard at work on his next book.

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