Book Review – Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollier

Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth by David Bollier $26.00, Routledge, 260 pages, 2002 When our times finally come to rest in the history texts, I think […]

The Global Accounting Scam

Several months ago a professor at the University of North Carolina published findings that turned beliefs about the economy upside down. Health improves, he said, as the economy goes down. […]

Free Market Violence

I was surprised that Todd Gitlin chose to scold congressional Democrats for trying to tackle TV violence (“Imagebusters: The Hollow Crusade Against TV Violence,” Winter 1994). His insights regarding the […]

The Promise of the Commons

Words are a form of magic. They conjure thought out of the confusion of experience, and they form the lens through which we see the world. Politics is largely a […]

The Williams Way

Ted Williams’s body lies in a place called the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, which freezes corpses for potential future use. His children are fighting over what comes […]

Book Review – The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly

The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $24.95, 230 pages, 2001 It’s an old story: the child rebels against a parent and then turns out just like […]

Tollbooths of the Mind

If one thing is central to the idea of America, it is the ability to breathe freely in the atmosphere of the mind. Thomas Jefferson was the champion of this […]

Our Neglected Wealth

For a preview of the next big turn of the political wheel, we might consider a drama that is unfolding in the realm of computers and the World Wide Web. […]

Relationship Between Silence and Progress

I suspect I’m not the only person who read about Father Llopis and thought, ‘Good for him.’ Probably I’m not the only one either who often wished that I, too, […]

Jeepneys are a Commuter’s Dream

Freedom can mean different and even opposite things. It can mean the freedom to emit muck into the air, for example, or the freedom to breathe clean air. In regard […]