The Brexit Signal is Lit

Theresa May became Prime Minister in the wake of the EU referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. The results of that election sent former PM David Cameron out of office in disgrace. A week later, May made her first public statement in which she claimed there would be no early election, a claim that has […]

Stumbling and Mumbling: When to distrust elites

Whom should we trust: elites or the people? I’m in two minds here. On the one hand, on the issues of immigration and Brexit, I’m with the elites. But in other respects, I’m on the side of the people. I’ve repeatedly argued for worker democracy against managerialism, and have consistently pointed out the shortcomings of professional […]

Win a copy of WPC Book 1!

Goodreads Book Giveaway What Do We Do about Inequality? by Wicked Problems Collaborative Giveaway ends October 03, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway If you found this interesting, I welcome you to check out my books. I’m currently finishing up the last part of the book on Brexit that I’m serializing. Parts […]

Prison strikes kick off in protest conditions and slave labor

Today prisoners in at least 24 states are set to participate in a nationally coordinated strike that comes on the 45th anniversary of the prison uprising at Attica. Much like the prisoners who took over New York’s infamous correctional facility in 1971, today’s prisoners are protesting long-term isolation, inadequate healthcare, overcrowding, violent attacks and slave […]

Tsipras Folded. Will Syriza Follow?

This is an old post that I thought had been lost forever when the WPC site suffered a catastrophic loss several months ago. Fortunately, the Wayback Machine came to the rescue! When we last left the unfolding Greek drama, it was a day before the referendum.  I was a doubting Thomas who thought fear would lead […]

PRESS RELEASE — WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Louis, MO — The Wicked Problems Collaborative (WPC) is proud to announce the release of our debut offering, “WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality?” on U.S. Labor Day (9/5/16). The economy isn’t working for most of us. Sure, a few have done exceptionally well in the wake of the Great […]

First they came for the Greeks

This week began with a debate in Greek Parliament called by the Official Opposition (the troika’s main, but not only, domestic cheerleaders) for the purposes of, eventually, indicting me for daring to counter the troika while minister of finance in the first six months of 2015. The troika who had staged a bank run before I moved into the […]

The Power of Pell Grants for Prisoners – The New Yorker

Jackson, draped in a clean white T-shirt that rests atop oversized gray pants, slides his chair forward toward his desk. His goatee is well-trimmed, perfectly drawn across his upper lip and around his chin. He is full of jokes—before class, after class, and sometimes even during class. When he laughs, he flings his head backward, […]