As we gear up for trade war with a major creditor and producer of many consumer goods, Rolling Stone looks at how China is treating North Carolina like the developing world. American […]
Donald Trump is still a fascist – 2018 (Part 1)
In 1994 I learned a set of characteristics that apply to authentic fascists and under what conditions they can come into power. Based on this definition, I said Donald was a fascist before the 2016 election. Since he’s been in office, the evidence in support of that contention has grown much stronger.
The EDWINS Project: a model from Cleveland for reentry
A couple of weeks ago I got to tour a new residential project that is taking shape a few blocks from where I live. It’s not a new a development or a […]
Chill, baby, chill: Arctic oil exploration and climate security
My wife’s engagement ring contains a marquis cut diamond appraised at $2000. I bought it at a pawn shop for $600. The pawn broker was ready to shoot me dead if I […]
Land of the free, be brave.
I am a proud Democrat. I think the Democratic Party started with a Virginia planter and Renaissance man named Thomas Jefferson. I am not proud of TJ for owning slaves. Slavery is […]
American Exceptionalism: It’s the economy, stupid
My grandfather was a union-buster at Hanes Dye and Finishing Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He got his degree on the GI bill after World War Two and worked his way up […]
Baltimore uprising: food deserts, gas deserts and why the media has it wrong on Freddie Gray
I took a bunch of rich kids to Baltimore in July of last year. We stayed at The Center, a fortified compound on the property of First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. My […]
An electric car means partial immunity to gas prices – Renewable Journal for 10/18/2014
My Nissan Leaf means that I don’t really care much what gas prices do. It’ll be a good day when most people have this same freedom.
Guns, knives, pit bulls and the new Gallup poll
This morning I walked past a man about my age, sixty, who was wearing camouflage and a fatigue-style cap. He had two Bowie knives on his belt and was walking a ferocious-looking […]
Go green, vote blue
A few weeks ago, my friend Katie Della Terza, who writes an eco-friendly lifestyle blog called Shades of Green, asked me to write a blog entry on why progressive and environmentally-conscious voters […]