Author: Mickey Friedman

Taking The Knee

By Mickey Friedman October 16, 2017 My journey to rediscover the history, heart and soul of the Co-operative Movement led me back to native son, W. E. B. Du Bois. And how appropriate, because few can shed greater insight into…

Co-operation – Part Four

October 8, 2017 By Mickey Friedman In “Black Reconstruction,” W.E.B. Du Bois asks and answers: “What did it mean to be a slave? It is hard to imagine it today … One estimate is that the maintenance of a slave…

Co-operation – Part Three

September 20, 2017 By Mickey Friedman Home, and to the work of Great Barrington’s native son, W.E. B. Du Bois, and a chapter in the history of Co-operation that few appreciate. And, thankfully, in these days of Charlottesville and racism…

Co-operation – Part Two

By Mickey Friedman September 16, 2017 Even as Rochdale thrived, there were many challenges. In 1850, according to Holyoake’s history: “The rapid increase of the members had brought together numbers holding evangelical views, and who had not been reared in…

Co-operation – Part One

By Mickey Friedman August 22, 2017 Miles Ashworth was a weaver of flannel. James Daly was a joiner. Joseph Smith, a woolsorter. James Wilkinson, a shoemaker. Of the original members of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers of Lancashire, England, some were…

Let’s Park

By Mickey Friedman August 7, 2017 Margaret came to Fuel to talk about my last column about Great Barrington. She wanted to know more about how I would solve the problems. So let me first suggest a solution to the…

They Come and Go

By Mickey Friedman July 24, 2017 Friends say they increasingly avoid Great Barrington. There’s less and less for them here. Losing Martin’s reminds me when folks gathered there, at Melvin’s, or ordered breakfast from Ruth at The Cricket. Once Frankie…

If The Shoe Fits

By Mickey Friedman July 7, 2017 What I know about women’s fashion you can cram into a walnut. So, I’m probably not the best critic when it comes to evaluating what Ivanka Trump has to offer the women of the…

Trumplexa

By Mickey Friedman June 23, 2017 I recently moved and had to give up DirecTV. And surrender my remote control which knew how to skip commercials. Now with Time Warner I’m seeing TV commercials I never knew existed. Like the…

Happy Trails

By Mickey Friedman June 10, 2017 I’m at Fuel by seven, and with the added enthusiasm of espresso, quickly traveling the happy trails of our world. My friends fly; but those days are mostly gone for me. I’ve come full…

Putin v Penguins

By Mickey Friedman May 25, 2017 It’s not just John Podesta and the Dems. Or the French who’ve been hacked. Putin is after my penguin friends. For months, the website of Penguins United has been targeted. Hackers are trying an…

Me/We and the EPA

By Mickey Friedman May 12, 2017 I first met the Environmental Protection Agency in the early 1990s. Glad to see them because the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was doing a lousy job with GE and PCBs. The EPA had the power…