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AND THE CHILDREN (OR YOUNG ADULTS) SHALL LEAD US

Author and filmmaker John de Graaf writes about the young people who have already moved into positions of leadership.


Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness

The filmmaker and author John de Graaf has written a stunning feature article about Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness. Beauty also holds a truth that is undeniable. From the splendor of nature’s mountains, fields and streams to the grandeur of architecture and modern city streets, the beauty of our surroundings possesses the power to make us happy. 


EYE OF THE BEHOLDER?

Fifty years ago, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote that “In such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.”  Today, at a time when even our discourse is ugly, may beauty infuse the vision for which we protest.


HOW TO GIVE THANKS FOR OUR FOOD

In a world where 16,000 children die of hunger-related diseases every day—five September 11 holocausts every day, almost unnoticed—we Americans have ample reason to be grateful for the bounty of food we take for granted.  Indeed, while hunger in America is increasing due to the elimination of food stamp benefits and greater inequality, we are more likely to die in America from the complications of eating too much.  But we show precious little gratitude for our cornucopia and even less for the people who produce it.  From Jefferson to Tocqueville to Bryan and well beyond, farming was once an honored profession in America.  It is no more, but it can be again.


And Beauty For All

Restoring America’s landscape and revitalizing its communities...


“The robots are coming…the robots are coming!”

If Paul Revere were riding now with the purpose of warning America against a clear and present danger, he might well proclaim, “The robots are coming!”  For indeed they are, and quickly.  Until now, though technology has reduced jobs at an ever-increasing rate, we’ve been able to create new ones just as fast, though many of these have been low-wage service positions and others, low-security “gig economy” activity. 


Changing The Rules Of Work

Though it was far from front-page news, the Obama administration’s Labor Department action this month on overtime pay may be one of the most significant of his entire presidency. 

Prior to the new rules change, employees earning more than $23,500 a year (a salary close to the poverty level) could be re-classified as managers, allowing their employers to avoid paying them the time-and-a-half overtime premium, or even paying them...


Well-Being and Happiness

WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS—AN ATTEMPT AT DEFINITIONS

These days, there seems to be a growing consensus that the old measurements that nations have used to evaluate economic success—most notably, the Gross Domestic Product—are blunt swords which tell us little about quality of life.  Around the world, many countries are looking for new metrics.  In October, I joined 1400 people from 60 countries at the OECD’s annual Measuring Well-...


Polarized Pets…and Stressed-Out Kids

Inequality isn’t just bad for people.  It also affects our companion animals.   In the modern American economy, some workers have become money-rich and time-poor.  Others, who lost jobs or were downsized during the recent recession, became time richer but money poor.  And many Americans, forced to work multiple jobs to make ends meet are poor in both time and money.  In each case, pets are affected. 

In the first case,...


BLACK FRIDAY IS BUY NOTHING DAY

Black Friday is coming.  You’d have to have been living in a hole not to know that means the day after Thanksgiving, when most businesses are closed but all the stores are open for business.  It’s when the big holiday sales used to begin—now they begin on Thanksgiving itself; it seems we can’t take a single day just to be with each other and refrain from shopping. 

But Black Friday is when the crush comes, when, some years,...