What the Red Cup Controversy Really Says about Christmas in America

I happened to be visiting the first-ever Starbucks in Seattle a few weeks ago when a mini-controversy erupted: There were no Christmas trees or snowflakes on this season’s holiday Starbucks coffee cups. The horror! Facebook exploded with comments, as did Twitter. Even...

An IPS-Style Holiday Carol

By the twelfth month of 2012,The Institute’s brought to you:Twelve months of justice,Eleven revenue raisersTen great op-edsNine detailed studies,Eight economic hardship investigations,Seven street heat protests,Six Africa actions,Five Mideast primers,Four Drug...
‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

‘Tis the Season to Shop at Tiffany’s

The economy is expanding, the unemployment rate is down, and consumers are spending again. The National Retail Federation expects holiday season sales to be up 3.8 percent over 2010, and other organizations predict increases of 3.5 percent to 4 percent. It all sounds...

We the People are the 99 Percent

Maceo, who is 11 years old, shares his thoughts on child labor and holiday shopping. We are the 99 percent, and we run this town. We are the 99 percent, and we own this city. We are the 99 percent, and the CEOs are the 1 percent – not us, not now, never will we...
At Peace with Christmas

At Peace with Christmas

It’s now officially too late to do your Christmas shopping early. That’s OK. Doing your Christmas shopping late counts too. Remember, it’s not the thought behind the gift that counts; it’s what you spend on it. Oh, I imagine you Xmasologists...
Spirit of Christmas Pastand Future

Spirit of Christmas Pastand Future

> George Washington samples some rum. For centuries, rum has been a warming folk remedy for colds, flu—and indeed cold itself. As the winter solstice approaches in its various festival forms, one worldwide constant is the need for rum to bring a little tropical...

Politics, Humanism and Sen. Johnson

The initial announcement of Senator Tim Johnson’s (D-SD) sudden incapacitation and emergency brain surgery struck political Washington like the proverbial bombshell. And listening to the commentaries on television, hearing others describing the reaction of...