Manipulations

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

– Eric Hoffer

In this week’s sift:

  • Suck It Up: Using Our Pride Against Us. Last week I talked about how the economic system uses our shame against us. This week I focus on the flip side of that phenomenon: pride.
  • A View From Dewey Square. I visited Occupy Boston the afternoon after the police had dropped by. Too bad we missed each other.
  • Blood and Teeth on the Floor and other short notes. Molly Erdman’s parody captures everything I love about Elizabeth Warren. I couldn’t make myself watch the Republican debate, so I let other people fact-check it. Plus, I whole bunch of other fact-checking and lie-exposing about Occupy Wall Street and the economy.
  • Last week’s most popular post. Turn the Shame Around (5700 views at last count) had the second most popular first week in weeklysift.com history.
  • This week’s challenge. Woody Tasch presents an interesting challenge: What if ordinary people who were doing well enough to have savings stopped investing it all in financial institutions and instead invested in local businesses they can see and use and understand? Especially in local food enterprises: “I’m talking about investing with your friends and neighbors in small organic farms, grain mills, creameries, small slaughterhouses, seed companies, compost companies, restaurants that source locally, butchers and bakers and, sure, a bee’s-wax candlemaker or two. Take 1 percent of your money out of the stock market and put it into food hubs, community kitchens, community markets, school gardens, niche organic brands, makers of sustainable agricultural inputs, and more.” Doing this right is more than a one-week challenge, but how would you start?
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