Greatest Country, Leading Some, Trailing Many

New Orleans        The conservative weekly news magazine from the United Kingdom, The Economist, publishes a “Pocket World in Figures,” ranking countries across the globe in areas large and small. Celebrating the US Declaration of Independence and our oft repeated claim by politicians that the United States is the “greatest country on earth,” it seemed like […]

Has the Tenderloin Built a Poison Pill Against Gentrification?

New Orleans   While in the Bay Area I made a point of dropping by to visit with Randy Shaw, the longtime director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, the neighborhood filled with SRO hotels, union offices, bars, and whatever within blocks of City Hall, the Opera, and other civic monuments. Shaw had recently published a book […]

Buzz for Bernie on the Left Coast

San Francisco   I’m not totally shocked, but I didn’t see all of this coming.  Meeting with random associates, comrades, and friends from diverse fields and directions, everyone on the Left Coast is buzzing about Bernie Sanders and his race for President.

Running a union, there’s no way to miss the fact that several thousand union activists […]

Working Assets and Credo Defining Social Enterprise

San Francisco   The buzz waxes and wanes on the value of social enterprise in the business world and whether or not it is a movement getting traction or hidden by the shadow of the global group hug being given all things tech today.  I was in San Francisco to praise the Cesar of Social Enterprise […]

Hospital Unaccountability Extends to Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases

San Francisco     The Affordable Care Act has given health consumers, also known frequently as patients, more significant advances in transparency and information about hospitals and doctors. Medical records are being digitized and becoming accessible. Information is being made public on doctors, exposing some have Medicare mills. It appears the public is getting closer to being […]

Activism Humor Close to the Bone

New Orleans   In recent years there seems to be a small cottage industry of novelists mining the left, activism, and the sixties, especially the flirtations with violence in their work: Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem, True Believers by Kurt Andersen, and Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner are among them. And, yes, I read them all with […]