THIS IS AMERICA

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About a year before we moved to the island where we currently reside, we lived in Fuquay-Varina, a small town outside Raleigh, North Carolina. I’d recently started writing for a capital markets research firm, and my wife had a “real job” managing a Williams Sonoma in Raleigh.

We got lucky…


SYSTEMIC RACISM

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After leaving Wall Street in 2012, I consulted for a few years as a subject-matter expert for a capital markets research firm in New York. My main area of focus was fintech, a portmanteau for “finance” and “technology.” My job was to examine the impact of disruptive financial services startups…


POLITICS

Cowboy hat from Winthrop Rockefeller’s campaign for governor | Source: The Winthrop Rockefeller Collection

In 1953, the forty-one-year-old grandson of John D. Rockefeller, America’s first billionaire, made a shocking relocation from towny New York to Arkansas, one of the most impoverished states in the country. The news made national headlines. “W.R.,” …


POLITICS

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I have a habit of starting my posts off with an analogy to help drive home my point. But frankly, if events of the last few weeks aren’t enough to scare the bejeezus out of you, no amount of cute storytelling on my part will do the trick. …


POLITICS

Protesters hold signs during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in October. Photo: Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

Late Thursday night in a 6–3 decision, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium on evictions, ruling the public health agency exceeded its authority. The court’s decision to overturn the federal eviction moratorium, with as many as 6.5 …


COUP D’ETAT UPDATE

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I could be the last person in America to watch The Wire, the HBO crime drama that ran from 2002 to 2008. Although it never won any awards, many critics regard it today as one of the greatest television shows of all time. …


FAMILY MYTHOLOGY

The Weems Boys on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capital, circa 1967. From left to right: Marlon, Wyatt, Orson, and Christopher. Photo courtesy of the Weems family.

Every family has its stories, tales passed down over generations. These accounts are shared from one family griot to another, each with its heroes and villains. Over time and with each telling, the characters in these stories become larger than life. And sometimes, legends are born. …


THE ECONOMY

Eviction protesters in Boston during a news conference outside the Statehouse on Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Before moving to North Carolina, my family rented a lovely townhouse in Edgewater, New Jersey. In addition to the view of midtown Manhattan, Edgewater’s primary appeal was its schools. And since an elementary school was only a block away, we could walk our kids to class each day.

Sadly, our…


THE ECONOMY

Medieval illustration of men harvesting wheat with reaping hooks. Wikimedia Commons

For Father’s Day a few years back, my wife and kids surprised me with a trip to Medieval Times, an immersive dinner theater featuring staged Arthurian-styled games, such as sword-fighting and jousting. …


THIS IS AMERICA

“Holiday Inn — Vincennes, Indiana.” Image: Jordan Smith/Flickr

Hillenbrand Industries is the holding company for two operating businesses. One is Hillrom, which operates in the health care industry, selling and renting hospital beds, furnishings, and other hospital accessories. If you’ve ever needed to spend a night in a hospital, chances are you’ve slept in one of their beds.

Marlon Weems

Storyteller. Recovering Capitalist. Bylines in GEN, Momentum, and An Injustice. EIC at The Journeyman. Connect: https://linktr.ee/thejourneyman

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