Making Democracy Work

Tea or Coffee? On Tax Cut Deals and Ethics Reform

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The coffee tastes more than a little bitter this morning. It is no sweet tea to see your worst political predictions come true. I have been railing for the past five and a half years about the need for a coalition to come together to fight the complete corporate…

Tear Down Some Dams, Let the River of Information Flow

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Paul Newman as Luke, in Cool Hand Luke “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”…

You Can Lead A Horse to Water…

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. – English proverb A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson For the record, I’ve never owned a horse. I’ve ridden a few, but I still don’t know…

How the Internet Changed the World, For Good and Bad

And What You Can Do About It Now Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson During the 1995-96 academic year, I spent most of my time sitting in the Gorgas library at the University of Alabama scanning the New York Times on microfilm and reading stories about the environment along side public opinion polls. I spent…

On Izzy Stone, Rowland Scherman and Facebook

OK, I take back SOME of what I said about Facebook… Rowland Scherman Izzy Stone in his print shop… by Glynn Wilson When I signed up for Facebook a litte more than a month back, I was not thrilled with the prospect. I already manage several Web sites, most of which carry an economic interface…

Understanding the Corporate Press and American Democracy

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson A couple of weeks ago, when not one single Republican took up our new President Barack Obama’s call for “bipartisanship” to vote for his stimulus package to aid the faltering economy — a measure backed by virtually every economist in the land as a needed step to avert a…

A Thanksgiving Message: Making Democracy Work

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I don’t remember the exact moment when I first realized how important the press is in making democracy work. The simple fact is, the realization did not happen in one moment of epiphany. It took years of working at it and reading about it and thinking about it, even…

A Novel Approach to News and Slowing Global Warming

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson It is almost too nice a spring day outside to be sitting in front of a computer writing a column, but there are a few things I have to say today besides talking about watching the revolutionary garden grow. The tomatoes, collards, green beans and corn are coming up…

The Proof Is In The Memos

You do not have to be a “liberal” to recognize a bad president when you see one. Make no mistake about it. George W. Bush is a bad president. Now that the Downing Street memos are gaining the national press attention bloggers have been calling for since the story first broke in the London Sunday…