My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

In the classic 1960s movie The Graduate, a family friend offers Dustin Hoffman, the recent graduate, one word of advice: “plastics.” My advice for today’s high school graduates: “learn a trade.” Unfortunately, there’s a historic stigma about “voc-ed,” the result...
Bring Back May Day

Bring Back May Day

Most of the world recognizes May 1 — May Day — as International Workers’ Day. Here in one of the few countries that doesn’t, it’s worth pausing to ask how U.S. workers are doing. At an event last December, Fight for $15 organizer Terrence Wise...
What ‘Toys R Us’ Teaches Us About Taxes

What ‘Toys R Us’ Teaches Us About Taxes

By the time you read this, your favorite hangout as a kid may have gone kaput. Toys “R” Us, the iconic global retailer, recently announced its impending demise after over a six-decade run. That sad news no doubt has many of us waxing nostalgic. All those aisles piled...