206 results for author: Phil Anderson


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 ...

Build it and they will use it

The New York Times reported that in 1958, U.S. military leaders had plans to use nuclear weapons against China. Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971) recently posted online a secret document showing Pentagon leaders were willing to use nuclear weapons to stop China from attacking the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Hands up don’t shoot

All people deserve, and should receive, respect and proper treatment by police. This is not a radical concept. Police simply need to act professionally and in accordance with democratic principles and existing law.

Counting all the costs of war

On Memorial Day we remember the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in our many wars. We should mourn the fallen. We should mourn because they did not die for their country.

Waste not…

I was just a low level “grunt,” but I saw and participated in a lot of waste. So when I write about waste in the military budget it is not based on political opinion or cherry picking the numbers.