Not Out of Control

Too many of us increasingly feel that we have little control over the world around us. Whether it’s the driver pushing up too close behind us on the highway, news that a friend has lost her job, finding out that a relative has cancer, realizing the roof needs to be replaced, or learning the price of our health insurance has gone up yet again, it’s not hard...

An Energy Revolution, Italian Style

As we sit mesmerized by the global movement demanding democracy and watch with amazement things we never believed possible, we are reminded that hope is something we can never give up. From events happening on the world stage to progress that often takes place in isolated pockets out of our sight, it’s apparent that we truly live in a world of endless...

Corporate Taxes: Some Pay, Others Don’t!

“The Carnival Corporation wouldn’t have much of a business without help from various branches of the government. The United States Coast Guard keeps the seas safe for Carnival’s cruise ships. Customs officers make it possible for Carnival cruises to travel to other countries. State and local governments have built roads and bridges leading up to the ports...

Oscar-Winning Documentary Unveils Who Destroyed Our Economy, and How

Inside Job is the story of a crime without punishment, an outrage that has mostly escaped legal sanction and social stigma. While  Inside Job can feel at times like the best sort of university lecture, it finds filmmaker Charles Ferguson summoning the moral force necessary for an irrefutable condemnation of the villains, crooks and unethical scoundrels of Wall...

Why Do People Who Work in Finance Earn So Much Money?

Why do people in the financial sector earn 100 times more than the average neurosurgeon? How is it possible that in 2009 the top 10 bankers earned an average of $900,000 an hour and the top 25 bankers earned as much as 658,000 entry-level teachers — put together? (Source: AlterNet) Apple Inc. earned about $6 billion in 2009 thanks to 35,000 employees who...

TED 2011: From the Occasionally Brilliant to the Frequently Banal

OK, it was my first time. I was sucked in by the ecstatic repeat attendees, the flow of exceptional online videos, and the opportunity to reach out to the rich and famous. What struck me right upon arrival at this year’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference was why all these titans of industry and icons of innovation were willing to wait...

Hungry and Homeless in Central Florida

This weekend, I watched a ’60 Minutes’ show that took me inside the lives of homeless kids in Central Florida. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the child-poverty rate will soon hit 25 percent. By the end of the segment, I felt sad and embarrassed to be an American. We have allowed the wealthiest 1 percent our citizens to amass 50 percent...