Mexican Immigrant Rights in California

Jeff Berger — Outside of California, I don’t think people are aware of the progress the state is making on immigration reform. Recently the Santa Cruz Sentinel published an article by Pauline Bartalone about illegal immigrants in California that was also reprinted in the San Jose Mercury. The article featured the fact that illegal immigrants can now drive legally in California. There are roughly 700,000 … Continue reading Mexican Immigrant Rights in California

Travelogue of an Unpolitician: Trying Not to Go Negative

Karen McKim — July 4, 3:00 PM – I am running as an independent candidate against an incumbent for county clerk in Dane County, Wisconsin, an office that oversees elections. I wish I had time to blog about my campaign every day. It is more interesting and fun than I’d anticipated. I think it helps that I’m running for no reason other than to promote … Continue reading Travelogue of an Unpolitician: Trying Not to Go Negative

Parasites on the Working Poor: The Payday Loan Business

Charles Cottle — In the last few years a sure sign of declining economic capabilities among the working poor has been the proliferation of “payday” loan businesses. Here in Wisconsin, the state in which I live, these businesses have sprouted like weeds in every small town across the state. The growth of the payday loan business is viewed by many to be a national problem … Continue reading Parasites on the Working Poor: The Payday Loan Business

The Panama Papers, Free Trade, and the Offshoring of National Sovereignty

Ellin Jimmerson — As the Panama Papers began to be rolled out, many were wondering how they connect to the Panama Free Trade Agreement, technically called the Panama United States Trade Promotion Agreement, and how they relatet to the offshoring of national sovereignty. Now, I am wondering whether and how they also connect to Brexit. I don’t know anything about the European Union other than it was in … Continue reading The Panama Papers, Free Trade, and the Offshoring of National Sovereignty

Contextualizing Brexit: A Conversation about Nationalism and Globalization

Jeff Berger, Charles Cottle, J. David Gillespie, and Ellin Jimmerson — The recent June 24, 2016 referendum in Great Britain called Brexit, which marks its upcoming departure from the European Union, was the context for this conversation. The participants are all Wise Guys contributors. We encourage readers to continue the discussion in the comments section. Jeff I’m still trying to make sense of the latest … Continue reading Contextualizing Brexit: A Conversation about Nationalism and Globalization