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My book ETHICAL CHIC: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love
has just been named one of the Best Business Books of 2012 by Library Journal
This book analyzes six well-known companies that are seen as socially responsible and hip, to see if they really deserve their sterling reputations.
Find out the real story about Starbucks, Apple, Trader Joe’s, American Apparel, Tom’s of Maine and Timberland:.
I am a prize-winning author and journalist with over 20 years of experience specializing in health care, retirement issues, and the nexus between business and public policy. I write regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, The Scientist, Institutional Investor, and more
ARE 401K PLANS THE OPPOSITE OF TRUMP?
The New York Times, July 23, 2016
For decades, both political parties have flown the banner of “freedom” and “self-empowerment” in support of different causes. For Republicans, it’s the freedom to decide whether to teach our kids about sex education and whether to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples. For Democrats, it’s the freedom to control our own bodies and marry whomever we love. Big Business latched onto this supposed desire for self-empowerment to strip away our pensions and then our jobs, claiming we want the “freedom” to invest our own retirement funds in 401k plans (if we could afford to save our own money for that) and to set our own working hours via the gig economy (if we could find anyone to pay us decently). For years, I’ve been saying that this empowerment myth is a lie — that most people want the security of pensions and jobs, and that Big Business cynically misused the concept in order to cut costs. Now, along comes Trump with his terrifying “I alone can fix it” acceptance speech, echoing Stalin, Mussolini, Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan, and other autocrats. Have I been more right than I want to be? Is the desire for a secure job and pension akin to a desire for a strongman to solve all our problems with a strong wall? No: In fact, it’s exactly the opposite! Once we have the secure foundation of national health care, education, and a decent minimum wage, then we are much more able to exercise our freedoms.