Op-Ed: Daniel Mark Harrison, You Don’t Always Need To Have Company, You Know

When we took control of TCJ (see the About Page for more), we promised DMH a dressing down or two. Well, here is the first of, if not many, then hopefully quite a few. Apart from the fun one has poking advice at one’s subject of observation, not all words at those with extraordinary ability should be those of high praise. Sometimes even the mightiest of us need a dressing down. So, here goes: what, man, are you doing in an article like this?

By which, we mean to say not what were you doing ripping investors off. We know that is clearly not the case. But to be tainted with such an accusation, our question stands: what were you doing associating in the first place with people of such ill-repute? We know we are not the only ones to ask ourselves this, befuddled.

If there are two things that we can all agree on, it is these: first, that DMH is perhaps the most talented financial engineer living today and second, that DMH is by turn perhaps at times also the most foolish engineer of his own reputation.

Let me for a second contextualise what I mean here. The word engineer comes from the Middle English term meaning weaponry; it is thus in every respect a warrior’s definition in terms. What I mean then is that if anyone stands a chance at building a financial arsenal against the battle of global poverty it is most surly DMH. And indeed, most of us, his critics and investors alike, would very much like to see this come to bear.

Where, however, DMH comes somewhat more under scrutiny is in his choices of who he associates with: specifically with respect to his social interactions, some of which defy belief.

The very motley crew of vagabonds and ragamuffins DMH has chosen at times to align himself with calls into question his sense of perspective, especially so lately.

Examples abound but let’s stick with one as far as possible: in a series of interviews DMH gave to our senior writer John Clare, DMH told us how the original attorney he had hired to defend him in the recent Monkey Capital litigation solicited him, and not, unbelievably, the other way round. We were stunned. If there is almost one thing you never do, it is take solicited legal advice!

As a direct result of this foolishness, since then has followed what has been a preposterous monstrosity of an ordeal through the courts in Florida which amounts to nothing more trivial than a lawsuit for David Silver and Jason Miller’s public relations benefit and to DMH’s PR detriment. Silver Miller, as the renamed Silver & Silver is now called, is a sort of legal Laurie and Hardy in what comes across as a couple of guys out of that movie Boiler Room dressed as shabby-unchic ambulance chasers (and that is being kind). In other words, there shouldn’t even be a lawsuit in the first place, let alone a mountain of paperwork full of lies and threats from the other side for journalists to fish around in. This garbage motion should have been kicked to the curb long ago. It is the work of legislative infants, after all (that being those trying in vein to sue you, sir). One only has to take one look at David Miller to see what breed he is.

And yet, a year on, DMH is still fighting the case in open court, drama and all, like a mid-afternoon soap opera. Why? We ask. The simple answer is: because, DMH needs to grow up! He is dealing with financial innovations potentially running into the trillions if dollars – indeed, he admits this is the case himself in our writer’s interview series today.

Then, for crying out loud man, treat your business as if it is worth trillions of dollars! That means: do not fraternise with low-lifes. Don’t chat openly, wily-nily, to the first person to tell you you’re a genius on an internet chat room. Don’t just meet someone in a trading forum and decide to partner up and do an Initial Coin Offering together. Don’t just respond to lawyers and lawsuits because they are courting your company presently. Lawyers like this are low-lifes and liars. You don’t have to do anything when those sorts of people speak to you. You can remain perfectly speechless.

Which is the piece of well-worn, well-intentioned advice we would like to offer DMH today: start the year knowing that sometimes it’s okay to just do and say Nothing. In your case, it’ll save you considerable agony, I promise.

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Peter Osborne-White
Peter Osborne-White is a leading business journalist who worked as a producer for Al Jazeera English, Asahi TV and CNN international before turning to print journalism as a professional freelance journalist He has been published in the Hartford Courrant, the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune, among others. He is the Editor-in-chief of The Currency Journal.

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