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Penn Foundation attempts to justify their actions

The William Penn Foundation has long supported arts in Philadelphia. But the purse strings are closing, as evidence by the recent fund-gutting of Dance/UP and the Philadelphia Singers. Peter Crimmons writes, “Arts organizations in Philadelphia need to know how to

Posted in dance, economics, Philadelphia, social justice

on revenue and value in the arts: a screed

I have lots of thoughts about this, and I’m just going to dump some out right now. It seems that among economists I appear a left-wing nutjob, and among artists I appear a right-wing nutjob. Neither and both are true,

Posted in dance, economics, personhood, social justice

passing by the homeless

Living in center city Philadelphia, I see a lot of homeless people.  I’m sure I don’t even recognize the homelessness of every homeless person I pass, since many of them do not hold a cardboard sign and a cup. And

Posted in economics, food, personhood, Philadelphia, social justice

LOLadelphia!: Tough Reality to Face

LOLadelphia!: Tough Reality to Face loladelphia: In my time spent traveling all over Philadelphia, I have seen a lot of things. I’ve seen active drug trafficking, people get hit by cars, seen people walking down the street who had been

Posted in economics, Philadelphia, social justice

Defined by our work, but should we be?

It’s one of the first questions people ask each other.  “What do you do?”  “Where do you work?”  Our job (or alternately our employer’s identity) is apparently more important than where we live, who we live with, what values we

Posted in economics

Know Peace. No Justice.

I recently attended the first Food Justice and Peace conference at Michigan State University.  Sponsored by the Philosophy program there, the conference welcomed papers from a variety of disciplines, and included non-academic speakers.  As a whole, the program was really

Posted in economics, food, social justice

Applebee’s fires waitress for exposing pastor’s ‘give God 10%’ no-tip receipt

Applebee’s fires waitress for exposing pastor’s ‘give God 10%’ no-tip receipt This is so f-ed up

Posted in economics, social justice

the reason for the season

I was raised Lutheran, in a really devout Pennsylvania Dutch family.  We went to church five times between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  And on Christmas Eve, we attended two evening services, one at 7 and one at midnight.  And

Posted in economics

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