210 results for author: Phil Anderson


Public opinion be damned

In Wisconsin it is obvious that on the issue of redistricting and gerrymandering the Republican controlled legislature couldn't care less about public opinion.

Growing old forests

Northern Wisconsin was once covered with extensive old growth forests.

Are forests only commodities?

Everywhere we go we see the scars of logging in our county and state forests.

Thoughts on Education

I would question if we, as a society, really value education. It seems to me what we call education is more like indoctrination with a minimal level of skills training to function in the workplace.

Pitchfork Economics

Economics is not an exact science. The economy, and the way we carve up the economic pie, is a political and social process. It is not set in stone and can be improved.

Ruminations of a former wage slave

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.6 million workers – or 1.9% of all hourly wage, non-self-employed workers – earned wages at or below the federal minimum wage in 2019.

Why I Am a Union Member in Retirement

During my working life, the only “good” jobs I have had were union represented.

Building rural prosperity

The rural economy includes tourism, services, small manufacturing, forestry, government and many retired people.

The need for Goldilocks interest rates

Humans have engaged in economic activity for many thousands of years. Even hunting and gathering groups engaged in barter and trade.

Water is life

“A society’s fate lies in its own hands and depends substantially on its own choices.” —Jared Diamond, in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed “We have a responsibility to develop sustainable environmental policies that ensure our precious natural resources will be around for future generations. Businesses, homeowners, and municipalities all rely on groundwater resources to thrive in daily life.” —Wisconsin Representative Cory Mason Water is life. This is not a radical, liberal, or whacko environmentalist notion. It is not a partisan issue. It is a simple fact. So why do Republicans in Wisconsin oppose efforts to ...