Want to Stop Gentrification? Start a Union.

Want to Stop Gentrification? Start a Union.

Historical communities around the nation are being threatened by gentrification. Neighborhoods that have served as spaces for social advancement and vibrant local cultures for generations are under threat as they become targets for gold-digging investors and...
50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas, 50 years ago this month. Sprawled along a major thoroughfare outside the city’s downtown, that inaugural store embodied many of the hallmarks that have since come to define the Walmart way of doing...
Walmart’s Unsurprising Bribes

Walmart’s Unsurprising Bribes

I’ve never been a great fan of Walmart. I like little towns, towns where Main Street is lined with small shops and stores — drugstores, hardware stores, a café where you can get breakfast or lunch, maybe a clothing store or two — that kind of...
Move Your Money to a Better Bank

Move Your Money to a Better Bank

During a key scene in the classic holiday film It’s A Wonderful Life, savings-and-loan proprietor George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, memorably explains to the townspeople how his business works – that he’s not sitting on piles of money just...
Move Your Money

Move Your Money

Do you love your megabank? I’m talking about your local branch of CitiChaseWellsMorganofAmerica–or some similar financial conglomeration. As you might have learned from experience, they have thousands of bankers who specialize in finding innovative new...

Guns are a Guy’s Best Friend

Keep your family Safe from harm; Buy another Firearm. Many fantasies plague the five-member majority of our out-of-control Supreme Court. One is that law enforcement in most of the United States has pretty well collapsed. Such a nightmare plainly calls for armed...

Finding Rootedness in the Age of Vulnerability

It seems that almost everyone we know is feeling vulnerable these days—whether they are rich or poor, employed or unemployed, their lives are feeling fragile. So we are setting out to discover places where people are finding ways to counter that vulnerability,...

Ain’t No Stopping A Progressive Agenda: Part 3

In the third part of my “Silver Lining” series, trying to find some hope in moving forward after a mid-term election in which Conservatives gained a lot of power, I will reiterate the first points: Its not insignificant that the Congressional Progressive...

Shouldn’t ‘Local’ Businesses Be Local?

In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty declares: “When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.” Well, get ready to tumble down the semantic rabbit-hole again, for giant corporations are trying to co-opt the meaning of one of...