Forget Tokens: Commuters Can Now Pay Subway Fare by Recycling

Brilliant idea: Beijing riders can pay their subway fare by recycling bottles. In contrast, Chicago just rolled out a new fare card system that charges a fee if you don’t use it – not the subway, the card. Of course, it’s lighter than hauling a bag of bottles, but it’s…

3 Things Labor Needs to Do in Order to Thrive

Look, we need labor unions. You and I do better in every way when unions are strong. Take a look at this chart. When union membership goes down, your income shrinks. Why? Because unions push back. Unions force managers to train more, to pay more and to think more…

Farming Will Never Form the Backbone of America Again – Because Farmers Won’t Join with the People Who Would Help Them 

It’s become nearly impossible to earn a living as a small farmer. Farmers that do make it have big farms, rely on government support or switch to a not-for-profit model. This article points to other farmer empowerment movements throughout history and wonders when it will happen again. My prediction:…

The Rule that will (Hopefully) Reopen the Portal to Big Money Accountability

The President’s new rule requires companies that sell $1 million worth of stuff to the federal government to let their employees’ cases go before a judge. Believe it or not, this tiny technical point could have giant repercussions. Here’s why: Judges, politicians and a rabidly well organized big business…

Top 5 Weekly Reads

How Not to Sell Things on the Internet (Legal Edition) –EricGoldman.org 23andMe lost when they tried to enforce their terms of use – because they stuck the link to their terms of use at the bottom of the site. Listen up, web sellers: imagine going to a car dealership and getting…

Seven Stories You May Have Missed

It’s time to declare your independence from the people who have taken it from you. You know that July 4th is the day we celebrate our national independence from the British crown. What you may not know is that July 4th was just as much about declaring independence from…

Six Quick Reads You Need to See

Starting a Business is an Act of Defiance and Patriotism: Happy Independence Day Letting your entrepreneurial flag fly has never been so daring, so important and so patriotic. The financial rules are now totally written for the big companies. Taking on Goliath in any industry is an act of…

The Entrepreneurship Series, Part V

Freedom THE POINT IS TO BE FREE. Freedom is self-determination; autonomy in all areas of your life, to direct your life using your free will. Freedom does not include the right to exploit, injure or steal. Each individual must be free to engage in what they choose. The founders…

The Entrepreneurship Series, Part IV

Righteous Rotation and the Rule of “Fours” The Righteous Rotation follows the creation and patronage of locally owned and operated businesses. When a small business prospers, its owners and workers prosper along with the surrounding community. This leads to more prosperity for the small business, and on and on….

The Entrepreneurship Series, Part III

Innovation & Competition Small firms are much more innovative than large ones. A study by Zoltan Acs and David Audretsch sought to identify which companies came up with he biggest innovations of the 20th century. They found that new or small firms generated half. Their role was particularly important…