Kill the Koch Brothers

I met Danny Lyon while on the Great March for Climate Action in New Mexico. Danny’s got a long history of brilliant writing, photography and activism. During our short time together, he became an ardent supporter of our March. This week, Danny sent me his latest blog post, under the provocative title Kill the Koch Brothers I thought, “Oh, Danny. That’s going too far.” But as I read the post I developed a very different impression. The piece is short, pointed and absolutely worth reading. Check it out on Danny’s Blog, Bleak Beauty. I’d be interested to hear how it affects you. Thanks – Ed

Labor’s moral compass

Dear Friends,

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.” – Samuel Gompers, founder and long-time president of the American Federation of Labor Continue Reading →

Return to Radio

Dear Friends,

I tell you, when you’ve been walking 15-20 miles a day and sleeping in a tent for most of eight months, re-entry is tough. As I returned to Iowa two weeks ago, I thought about how much I wanted to be back on a Des Moines radio station. Given the corporate domination of the public airwaves, I knew this might be difficult or impossible. Continue Reading →

Nominations, not coronations

Dear Friends,

Democrats, don’t kid yourselves. An elite Establishment controls the Iowa Democratic Party, and they simply don’t like primaries. Nominating candidates is so old school. The Establishment prefers coronations. It’s less messy. And it’s less expensive, saving limited Establishment dollars for essentials like yachts, trips to the Caribbean and that new Lexus your trust-fund kid so desperately needs.

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