Tag Archives: economy

WEALTH DISPARITY: What If The One Percent Was You?

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In the post-recession, 21st-century America, many of us see ourselves on one side of an economic fence with the 1% on the other. We know that for nearly forty years the gap between the top and bottom wage earners has widened exponentially. Since 1979, real annual wages for the top 90-95th percent of earners have grown 35.7%, wages for the next 95-99th percent have ... Read More »

WEALTH DISPARITY: Inequality and a Wealth of Dithering

wealth inequality in U.S.

Perhaps no debate in the American political atmosphere has been as persistent or as divisive as the question of what—if anything—to do about national wealth disparity. This debate has served as a fulcrum for our socioeconomic identity as well as government policy—foreign and domestic—for more than a century. Political careers have been forged and broken over it, communism was embraced ... Read More »

Whither goest the Vale of Silicon…

Man standing in front of Google's gingerbread man in Silicon Valley

Friends left good jobs at Autodesk in 1999 to start a dotcom selling pantyhose. They were men: who can fault them for thinking pantyhose were a hot commodity? Today, Autodesk looks stronger than ever, while gazelle.com barely hoisted its web banner before it went down with the dotcom bust. Greed may be good in Hollywood films, but it tends to have a catastrophic effect on the economy: when reality catches ... Read More »

Gut, Gut, Gut, What?

Scrapper seen taken apart a railing in an abandoned school, sparks showering down below

Phase three in the gutting of our American cities is underway. It has been for a few years now. Illegal metal scrapping in Cleveland , as reported by vice.com, is but one example of what’s happening across the United States. A recent documentary covers scrappers in Chicago. I referred to it as illegal, and by law it is just that, ... Read More »

Actual, Relevant, Real Television News (I know, right?)

Vice Opening Screen

Edward R. Murrow must be turning in his grave. More and more the news that streams through our televisions is biased, trite, and sensationalized. Unwatchable, for me. Until now. I’m a rabid fan of HBO’s  news series, Vice, hosted by the co-founders of Vice Magazine, which launched from Montreal in 1994. It was this most recent episode that sold me. ... Read More »

Next Capitalism

capitalism and investing

I'm not rejecting democracy, but I am starting to make some inquiries into its actual usefulness in my daily life. Read More »