The Means, Part 6: Factory Farming

The Means, Part 6: Factory Farmingby Bobby Dillon There’s something bizarre that happens in my brain when I go to the grocery store, or the restaurant. I see the burger sitting there, or I look at the eighty-eight-cent pork chops and all my knowledge about our corporate agricultural system just fades away. I know the human cost of these tasty treats. I know what they … Continue reading The Means, Part 6: Factory Farming

The Means, Part 5: Healthcare

The Means, Part 5: Healthcare by Bobby Dillon So I’m reading a book. It’s called An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back by former physician and current New York Times columnist Elisabeth Rosenthal. Elisabeth Rosenthal has done some great work on healthcare. For years now, she has been doing some in-depth reporting and editorial work discussing just … Continue reading The Means, Part 5: Healthcare

The Means, Part 3: The Capitalism Tax

The Means, Part 3: The Capitalism Tax by Bobby Dillon How does our society get people the things they need? We sell our labor and in exchange receive a salary. We then take our salary and use it to purchase the things we need. I made just under $30,000 a year when I graduated from college and I’ve never made more money than that in … Continue reading The Means, Part 3: The Capitalism Tax

The Means, Part Two

The Means, Part Two: Profit By Bobby Dillon This will be a column in eight parts. Through this column I hope to get us all thinking and talking about politics differently. We’ve been fed bullshit most of our lives and this column wants to cut through it without pulling punches. Comments? Questions? Email me at rl-dillon@wiu.edu In her fantastic 1974 novel The Dispossessed, Ursula K. … Continue reading The Means, Part Two

The Means, Part One

The Means, Part One: A Peek Behind the Curtain By Bobby Dillon This will be a column in eight parts. Through this column I hope to get us all thinking and talking about politics differently. We’ve been fed bullshit most of our lives and this column wants to cut through it without pulling punches. Comments? Questions? Email me at rl-dillon@wiu.edu A specter is haunting America. … Continue reading The Means, Part One