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Book Review: Put Your Money Where Your Life Is

“As so many Americans feel powerless to confront a financial system designed to serve the few, Shuman offers us real choices: tools that align our lives with our values. That’s power. I love this highly readable, timely, surprising book.”  —Frances Moore Lappé, author of Daring Democracy and Diet for a Small Planet  Americans agree on […]

Housing’s Bad on Most Fronts

Rental Policies Attest to Anti-Poor Systems In 2016, Princeton sociology professor Matthew Desmond published, and won the Pulitzer Prize for, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. By embedding himself in first a poor Black neighborhood, and then a poor white area in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was before the elections, before everyone started looking […]

Book Review: Looking for Guidelines

Future Planning Needs to Take the Eternally Small Into Account The fantasy books I cut my imagination’s teeth on have proved a useful means of imagining better systems moving forward. I grew up a Borrower, ready to live as a small person beneath a home’s floorboards, making do with whatever I could scavenge from normal […]

History Charts Revolutions, Fiction Understands Riots

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Imagine a list of great moments in literature that capture the exciting change and recklessness of revolution and its less successful cousin, rioting, and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities immediately comes to mind. As do other depictions of the singularly complex […]

Where the Revolution Gathers Steam

Hudson Valley’s Riotous Nature Has Been a Quiet Pathway For Well-Reasoned Foment August 1949: The great American actor and baritone Paul Robeson was set to perform outdoors in Peekskill. He’d performed in the area three times before, and had appeared at a World Peace Conference in Paris just three months earlier. “We in America do […]

Hunger at the Heart of Fiction

To fully understand food security, feel it in literature, including the Bible itself. “Please, sir, I want some more,” is Oliver Twist’s memorable line from Charles Dickens’ classic bearing the orphaned boy’s name. It perfectly summarizes a state of hunger, of not having enough sustenance to maintain hope, that forms a strong current through centuries […]

Book Review: Country Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to know to Live Off the Land

Building on Our Pastoral Eternity One of our quieter publishing successes in the region has been Storey Publishing of the Berkshires’ North Adams, Massachusetts, whose Country Wisdom bulletins, Country Wisdom Almanac, and the most recent Country Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to Know to Live Off the Land, have all been not only bestsellers […]

A Truly Holistic Legacy: The Whole Earth Catalog

Published 1968-1972, by Stewart Brand and Others When the movement that resulted in the institutionalization of an annual Earth Day started over a half century ago, environmentalism was still a vague concept buried in the ideas of ecology and conservationism. The idea of a climate crisis was barely mentioned beyond science fiction; the terms global warming and climate […]

Economics’ Turnaround From Recession Can Come Ascension

While the term “depression” is most often associated with the massive economic downturn of the 1930s that initiated an era of great suffering and a concomitant increase in social awareness and the creation of standardized safety net programs for populations the whole world over, such economic downturns have been occurring throughout history. Often, in the […]

BOOK REVIEWS By Paul Smart

Afternoon of a Faun by James Lasdun Writers can come to define an area they choose to inhabit, either physically, or in their imagination. Consider Washington Irving’s relationship to the Catskills, or William Kennedy’s choice to return to his native Albany from the West Indies. One of the Hudson Valley’s best and most consistent literary […]

Daddy Debrief

The Future Is Now By David DeWitt     Sometimes I feel as though Finn may be a little psychic.     Just as I’m beginning to think about the New Year, he is suddenly talking about building a time machine.     We were making breakfast. It had been declared “pancake day.” (He requests […]

The Spirit of Enterprise: Social Entrepreneurship Finds Home in the Hudson Valley

Mike Caslin was teaching at Babson College and its sister F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business while simultaneously getting his MBA four years ago when his concept for what is now the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN) first formed. “It was a fusion of three decades of my career,” he says. “I […]

What is Democratic Socialism?

Getting at moral economics, now that the dust has cleared. I edit a local newspaper and have been fielding a lot of attempts to convince me why I should be doing more to address the way our nation and world is slipping into a hellish form of socialism. This usually ends with me telling whoever’s called […]

Monetized for the Sake of Goodness: Kiva Zip Lends a Hand to Hudson Valley Startups

Ashley Loehr started Sparrowbush Farm in Columbia County nine years ago. She’d fallen for agriculture early on, working summer farm jobs from the age of 16. What she’s built on 98 acres of leased hayfield, pasture, cropland, and woodland is a respected mix of share-owned and farm-market supported product line of vegetables, herbs, flowers, laying […]

Hudson Valley Startup Fund

From Culturally Creative To Creating Business, New Startup Fund Grows The Economy From Within The Hudson Valley by Paul Smart So the Hudson Valley’s not only survived the Great Recession of recent years, but also started reinventing itself, just as Brooklyn reinvented itself from being one of New York City’s rougher boroughs into a beacon […]

Raised On Caffeine, Shipping Futures, Fistfights: A Brief History of Wall St.

by Paul Smart Wall Street is more than a symbol of financial power, or one of the key topics of debate  in this year’s election cycle. It’s a place, a legacy, and center to a rollicking segment of modern history. Some say the actual street in the Dutch settlement of lower Manhattan was named for […]

Gradually, Our Futures Become More Than Just Safe Retirement

by Paul Smart Big shifts are taking place in the ways we look at the concept of investment. From a traditional future-financing perspective, where earners find the best ways to set aside funds to afford kids’ education and once-traditional dreams of comfortable retirement, the new buzzword acronyms are SRIs and ESG—Socially Responsible Investments and managed […]