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Dave Wheelock is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a professional university rugby coach in Socorro, New Mexico. He holds a history degree from the University of New Mexico. His Pencil Warrior column appears in the Socorro Mountain Mail and his work has also appeared on the Common Dreams and Indianz websites as well as in the Santa Fe, NM, Sun Monthly.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2009 Asking the Economy's Most Basic Question
The benefits of the booms of recent decades never "trickled down" to the middle and lower classes because they were not designed to. The growing gap between the very rich and everyone else was a signal that a different kind of economy was now in place, but the big picture was ignored by self-serving Wall Street interests and a complicit news "industry." Nowhere was the most fundamental question asked: "What is an economy for?"
SHARE Saturday, December 23, 2006 Family Holiday Letter Encourages Fresh Thinking
Unfortunately the saying "we vote with our dollars" - which means millionaires, and especially billionaires, rule - is true today. That doesn't mean that this holiday season, we can't begin to free ourselves from the clutches of non-sustainability and debt even while we help bring into being the kind of world in which we'd like to live.
SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Birds of Market Deregulation Home to Roost?
Today, some 30 years into a regime of market deregulation advocated by Milton Friedman and like-minded economists at the University of Chicago, speculators are once again at play in a fool's paradise. Much of what passes for business on Wall Street today is the exact opposite of productive contribution to the economy.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Natives Organize for a Better Food Future
For the first time in the history of humankind, most of our citizens could not raise, catch, hunt, gather, nor prepare a nutritious diet if their lives depended on it.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2007 The Incredible Lightness of the Compact Flourescent Bulb?
Replacing a wasteful light bulb with one with a smaller environmental "footprint" is a small step which when repeated millions of times will have a positive impact. But will such a campaign move us closer to the necessary revelation of scale, or serve as a distraction from the real level of action required to provide our civilization a soft landing?
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 5, 2006 Is Impeachment Really Off the Table, Nancy?
While it would be a crucial mistake for Pelosi's party to fail in their legal obligation to uphold the Constitution, a greater tragedy would be if We the People sell ourselves, and democracy, short.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 26, 2006 American Elections Stand in the Way of Democracy
While the pundits speculate over exactly what the voters said in the elections of 2006, let's take a moment to consider what our elections should, but don't, uphold and refresh: democracy itself.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 19, 2006 FCC Revelations Have Deep Implications for Democracy
A scandal worth our attention. The Rebublican-controlled Federal Communications Commission is under new leadership but the song's the same: relax restrictions that keep giant media corporations from tightening their grip on democracy's information sources.
SHARE Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Bush Prefers Masters' Voice to Iraq Study Group
As a member of the privately funded American Enterprise Institute, Frederick Kagan enjoys much more influence with this president than the congressionally funded United States Institute for Peace, which facilitated the Iraq Study Group's investigations. More than two dozen of its alumni have served either in a Bush administration policy post or on one of the government's many panels and commissions.