Category: Essays

Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   An average screen printed T-shirt costs around $15. Someone earning the current federal minimum wage would have to work over two hours to buy just one. And while prices for nearly everything consumers purchase continue to go up, minimum wage rarely increases. From September 1997 to July 2007, the…

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Essay: Nine Years Later

Essay: Nine Years Later

A lot happens in nine years. For instance, nine years ago, I was a youthful 27. I was living in Colorado, wasn’t married, and probably thought I never would be. We were deep into a brutish second term of George W. Bush. “Twerking,” as far as I know, wasn’t a word. YouTube had just launched.…

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Essay: Cops and Midget Porn

Essay: Cops and Midget Porn

It’s hard to say who suggested we go to the porn shop. It was summer, in the late nineties, and several of my closest friends had gathered to celebrate a birthday. A trip to a porn shop seemed like the only reasonable way to celebrate such an occasion. At the time, I was in possession…

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Essay: Say No To (Some) Drugs

Essay: Say No To (Some) Drugs

Drugs are bad. That’s the prevailing notion in this country. We must keep our kids away from marijuana. Marijuana, so the theory goes, is a gateway drug that will lead its users to try other drugs. President Nixon once declared drugs to be “public enemy number one.” To date, this war on drugs had cost…

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Essay: The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

Essay: The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   It was quitting time when someone noticed the fire in a scrap bin on Saturday, March 25th, 1911. Inside the Triangle Waist Company factory, eight stories above New York’s Greenwich Village, hundreds were preparing to leave work for the day, but unbeknownst to most people in the factory, the…

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