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Contributor since:November 2009
Location:Prairie Crossing, Illinois

About Me

I'm an econologista. I look at the intersection between personal and systems ecology and economics. I've written 13 books, countless columns and articles and speak widely.



I'm Known For...

writing the unvarnished truth about personal economics

My Current Project

Looking at the relationship between the Chinese and American economies

My Greatest Achievement

Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, my recent book on the housing crisis and beyond

My Biggest Regret

Not having studied business, marketing, economics and a dozen other subjects in college

I Truly Respect

Tom Friedman, Robert Shiller, Ralph Nader, Thomas Geoghegan, Theresa Amato, Richard Cohen, Noam Chomsky

Moments I'd Like To Forget

private moments of despair and frustration

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

writing and journalism

Blocks I've Been Around

the south side of Chicago, the global media circus, failed start-ups, family enterprises run into the ground, up and coming media giants

Things That Really Happened

getting a law passed, suing the federal government, publishing two books in one year

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

looking at a prosperous country that gave everyone a leg up

Why True/Slant

I want to provoke, provide new angles and make people perspire

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What I'm Currently Addicted To...

finding a better way

This Is Annoying Me...

Americans who refuse to look beyond the headlines, cable TV, polls, frauds and the conventional wisdom

This Is Making Me Worry...

the ability of Americans to find and sustain prosperity

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

Glee, Gershwin, Bach, Obama

I'm Running From...

the black dog

This Is Helping Me Create...

something pragmatically positive

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...

the window opened by the financial meltdown

This Makes My Teeth Itch

mass-marketed hate and ignorance

Can't Do Without

love, understanding, books and music

Favorite Voices

Richard Burton, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama

My Most Awkward Moment

lots of them, too many to recount

My Secret Ambition

write a Broadway musical

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