Seattle, Real and Feigned

by Lindy Davies

Some years ago I came across a text called “We May Be Brothers After All — A letter to President Franklin Pierce from Chief Seattle, ca. 1854”. It was a stirring call to honor and respect the natural world, a message worth spreading. So I copied it and handed it out to many people. Then a New York Times article (April 21, 1992) informed me that the “Seattle Speech” of which I was so fond was a fiction. Continue reading

One As Well As Another

by Herbert S. Bigelow

Herbert S. Bigelow was the pastor of the Vine St. Congregational Church in Cincinnatti around the turn of the 20th century. Despite repeated warnings from superiors in the church, he persisted in giving outspoken single-tax sermons, and developed a strong following. His collection of sermons, The Religion of Revolution, was published in 1916, with an introduction by Mrs. Mary Fels. Continue reading

Georgism & Distributism: an “Existential” Dialogue

The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace by John Médaille, 2007, Continuum Press, New York. Review by Lindy Davies

Let’s imagine that there exists an idea. Upon examination, it is revealed to be more than just “an idea;” it’s a system — clear, consistent, elegant, useful; indeed, it offers solutions to problems long deemed intractable. If this idea, this body of potentially vital knowledge, is so obscure that scholars in its field see no need to mention it, then does it actually, uhmm, exist? If the voice of God utters a “sovereign remedy” in the wilderness, has it made a sound? Continue reading