This One Weird Trick Could Help Prevent Climate Change.

Climate change is spiraling out of control; hemp can help us limit the damage. With a brutal Civil War raging in Syria, a Russian power grab in Ukraine, riots in Venezuela and blissful ambivalence in America, it’s important to remember…

I wrote a blog post recently where I attacked what I consider to be the laziest, most meaningless political “position” in America today, that of the “socially liberal, fiscally conservative.” But the topic deserved a longer treatment, so I wrote…

Confronting the Abyss

9/11, Flight 370, and coming of age in the Era of the Known Unknown.   I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing when the Twin Towers fell. To this day, it remains one of my most…

At Demos, Matt Bruenig deftly summarizes the massive, lifelong negative consequences of poverty — and the deeply entrenched, barely visible class system that keeps the rich people rich and the poor people poor. If you’re unfortunate enough to be born into…

Is leaving college debt-free the new American Dream?

Today on his personal blog, Randal Olson, a graduate research assistant in computer science at Michigan State University, asked an interesting question: is it still feasible for young Michigan State students to work their way through college? As Olson explains, he was…

Unfortunately, the trap of long-term unemployment makes getting a new job near-impossible for those individuals unlucky enough to be caught in its maw. As they attempt to return to our cutthroat labor market, these victims of the Great Recession must compete with…

In my latest for Salon, I report on the massive turnout for 30 union jobs on offer from Laborer’s Local 731 — overnight in the freezing cold. These are not welfare queens, “moochers” or “takers.” These are hardworking, blue collar…

Let's Weed Out Republicans in 2014

By running on pot legalization, Democrats can spur voter turnout and sweep the 2014 Midterms. In many ways, the legacy of Barack Obama will be determined by how the final two years of his presidency play out. He will either…

My latest from PolicyMic, which highlights some incredible findings first reported in the New York Times: “To a striking extent, your overall life chances can be predicted not just from your parents’ status but also from your great-great-great-grandparents.’ … The…

As we finished, a young waitress with tangled, dirty-blond hair and a beaded headband began clearing our table. She stopped to listen to the conversation and finally sat down, abandoning her work. After a while, when there was a pause,…