05 Aug 2009

Memo to the Left: Less About the Crazies, More About the Real Villians

The plan is to make reasonable arguments for public option seem like the mirror-image of the “birthers” and the “shouters,” to make meaningful health care reform look like a fringe concept. The MSM will certainly buy into it. We cannot afford to.

03 Aug 2009

Public Option for Parcel Delivery

I’ve heard a lot of crazy ideas in my time, but yesterday I might have heard the craziest. A friend of mine tried to tell me that we need a public option for parcel delivery. Now why in the world would we want the federal government to stick its hands into this highly profitable and completely privatized industry?

02 Aug 2009

Sunday Reading: “I Was Sick And You Took Care of Me”

“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? When was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.”

31 Jul 2009

Consumerism: The Slavery of the 21st Century?

It’s hard to imagine that in the early 1800’s, many people of otherwise high moral principles had no problem with the institution of slavery – that they considered it a necessary component of the economy. Will people in coming centuries look back on our society today and wonder the same thing about our choices of where to shop, what to buy, and how much to consume?

28 Jul 2009

The Conflicted Wal-Mart Shopper

15% of Wal-Mart shoppers have conflicted feelings about the company and the way it does business. Finding out why they still shop there and how they can be motivated to quit is essential in bringing true reform to the American business world.

25 Jul 2009

To Them, The Magic Of Low Prices Just Happens

They don’t think about the girl in China who stitched together their new jeans in a sweatshop. Or the plight of the check-out woman who supports three kids on minimum wage and no benefits. To them, the magic of low prices just happens.

23 Jul 2009

Can’t Miss Plan for Health Care Reform

The way things are going, this might be the only way we get some meaningful health care legislation.

21 Jul 2009

Local Food, the Old-Fashioned Way

The idea of local food, which is typically associated with the progressive movement, has been a mainstay of conservative rural communities for generations. In fact, there are a number of things that these seemingly disparate political groups have in common. Could this be the start of a powerful coalition to drive neo-conservatism out of the mainstream for good?

13 Jul 2009

Beyond Racism

Racism is still a big issue, even in the Obama era – but perhaps it is time we stop crying “racism” so quickly, and instead look to the new and more complex face of bigotry. We can no longer reduce things to a facile “black vs. white” paradigm. We must dig deeper.

09 Jul 2009

A Somewhat Unique Perspective

As a Presbyterian minister, I represent one of the spiritual voices that The Seminal brings to FDL. My experience as a progressive pastor in a very conservative state (South Carolina) gives me a somewhat unique perspective on the critical issues of the day. Part of what I do in my writing is to foster understanding between the spiritual and secular factions of the left. I also look for common ground between the left and the more reasonable factions on the right.