213 results for author: Phil Anderson


Keeping on the sunny side

This week I am setting aside my usual curmudgeon style in search of some more positive stories.

Pearl Harbor and American militarism

Many times in our history we have failed to see how our actions contribute to conflicts.

Doing redistricting right

We know that gerrymandering is undemocratic and antithetical to good governance. We know leaving redistricting to the politicians of either party is a mistake.

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.