The Bio Stuff


Some basics: I’m a political / organizing / economic strategist. President of the Economic Future Group, a consultancy that has worked in a couple of dozen countries on five continents over the past 20 years; my goal is to find the “white spaces” that need filling, the places to make connections and create projects to enhance the great work many people do to advance a better world. I’m also publisher/editor of Working Life.

I’ve done the traditional press routine including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Business Week, Playboy Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. From 2015-2016, I was a regular contributor to CNN in my role as national surrogate for Bernie Sanders.

One day, back when blogs were just starting out more than a decade ago, I created Working Life. I used to write every day but sometimes there just isn’t something new to say so I cut back to weekdays (slacker), with an occasional weekend post when it moves me.

I’ve also written five books: The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America (Chelsea Green, 2015); It’s Not Raining, We’re Being Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis (2010; 2nd edition, 2013); The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves and The Looting of America (IG Publishing, 2009); They Get Cake, We Eat Crumbs: The Real Story Behind Today’s Unfair Economy, an average reader’s guide to the economy (1997); and The Edifice Complex: Rebuilding the American Labor Movement to Face the Global Economy, a critique and prescriptive analysis of the labor movement (1995).

Here is a select list of my past columns, articles and major projects.

Here is a selection of my TV appearances.

My organizational life has brought me the gift of working with many talented, committed people over the past 30 years, principally during the 13 years I had the honor to serve as president of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981).

Aside from that, it’s baseball, and counting the winter days until pitchers and catchers report.