As a society, we’re forcing millions of people to go to offices five days a week, eight hours a day, and do nothing

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If someone had designed a work regime perfectly suited to maintaining the power of finance capital, it’s hard to see how they could have done a better job. Real, productive workers are relentlessly squeezed and exploited. The remainder are divided between a terrorized stratum of the, universally reviled, unemployed and…


After completely deleting two drafts, I’m taking a different approach.

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The third time’s the charm. I’m realizing that writing about myself is significantly harder than I thought. Well, writing about myself is relatively easy but making it worth reading seems to be an insurmountable challenge for me at the moment.

The first two drafts were dreadful. Here’s a quick synopsis…


As a vaccinated uber-lefty from Trump country, I have to say the messaging sucks

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All over Medium, I’m seeing pieces bemoaning those rural idiots who haven’t gotten their shot yet. Don Lemon recently had the most cringe take on the subject, saying we need to shame people more and “leave them behind.” I understand, to a point. There is a segment of the American…


According to the Rand Corporation, since 1975, a staggering $50 trillion has gone from the bottom 90% straight to the top

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Everyone knows inequality has been steadily growing worldwide. Economist Thomas Piketty’s surprise best-seller Capital in the 21st Century laid out the state of global inequality back in 2013. …


Andrew Yang seems to think so and is apparently launching one next month

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Can one of the great duopolies in modern America be broken? Or is the Democrat-Republican grip on our election process too strong? Polls show there are more people who identify as Independents, yet nobody has been able to make to make much of a dent in the two-party armor.

Can…


Navigating divided, rural America and a case study in media manipulation

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It had been three years. Three years since I’d stood on the shores of Lake Superior, staring at the ruler-straight, blue horizon in the distance, feet on round, smooth stones, numbing in the clear water. …


Grappling with the loss of a troubled role model, Anthony Bourdain, and finding my way through the shadows

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As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though…


MINDFUL TRAVELING

More people need to cruise the planet with the effortless swag and humility of the world’s most famous vagabond

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As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though…


TRAVEL. EUROPE

I don’t know what criminal activity was taking place, but there’s no way it was legit

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In any major city, I love going on a slow walk through the busy streets in the center with no destination in mind and admiring the unique architecture and vibe of the place. …


Democrats and the media made him a pariah for warning about the corporate takeover of America; he was right all along

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The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse. -Ralph Nader

Growing up I wasn’t…

Mitchell Peterson

Anthony Bourdain super-fan on my seventh year outside of the US, currently in Prague reading, writing, and teaching. Instagram: @mitchellglenn

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