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Studen Loan Debt, Not Loan Rates, Is the Bigger Issue

As politicians stumble over themselves to agree on a legislative no-brainer — keeping student loan rates low — they are missing a bigger issue for many students and recent graduates: Student loan debt. In a compelling new opinion piece posted on, DIY U author Anya Kamenetz (Chelsea Green, 2010) argues that politicians should be […]

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The Hell Child: Citizens United Enters the Terrible Twos

Today marks the second anniversary of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. Yes, it’s true, our little devil-may-care campaign spending hellion is now entering his terrible twos. And it shows. If any one felt as if the United States was a plutocracy wearing democracy as a […]

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A Strike for Internet Freedom

We’ve been asked by some of our readers if Chelsea Green will go on strike today in solidarity with dozens of larger sites, and hundreds of smaller ones, protesting two proposed pieces of federal legislation that have the potential to greatly infringe upon the Internet and free speech. The answer is no, we’re not blacking […]

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Chelsea Green Announces New Hires, New Plans for 2012

Coming off a strong financial finish for the year, Vermont-based independent book publisher Chelsea Green today announced a series of new hires and strategic reorganization for 2012. “We had a very strong finish to the year, with significant growth overall for both print and digital. We remain focused on the content, acquiring the very best […]

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Pluck ’em!

With all the doom and gloom about the future of the book industry, it can feel like book sellers and publishers are being led, like lambs — or chickens — to the slaughter. Which gave us an idea here at Chelsea Green: Pluck ’em! Why limit ourselves to publishing books about sustainability and regeneration and […]

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Before the WI Raw Milk Train Leaves the Station, Let’s Not Forget About Protecting Protesters Like Scott Trautman

By David E. Gumpert From his blog, The Complete Patient I think it’s a good thing that there’s so much back-and-forth about the specifics of the Wisconsin raw milk legislation currently under consideration in the state senate. The prospect of legalizing raw milk in the nation’s second-largest dairy state would probably not have gotten anywhere […]

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Former Guantánamo Guard Tells All

I have seen and done many horrible things, either at Guantánamo or in Iraq, and I know what it is like to try and move on with your life. It’s hard. —Spc. Brandon Neely, from the UC Davis Guantánamo testimonials project Harper’s Magazine‘s Scott Horton takes a look at the prisoner abuse perpetrated at Guantánamo, […]

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Surviving Tough Times in ’09: Twelve Books That Will Help

Let’s face it: 2008 was an exhausting roller-coaster. The highs were high (Obama!), and the many lows kept dropping lower (war, unemployment, stock market crash, pollution, corruption, etc., etc.). Spending 12 months clinging white-knuckled to life’s proverbial panic-handles takes a lot out of a person. Over the past year, I’ve developed a rather severe caffeine […]

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President Barack Obama: New Energy for America

The task of putting this election into historical context is too great for me to attempt. I will leave that charge to more knowledgeable, more serious men. Instead, I humbly offer the following—my own journey to hope. Since Senator Obama announced his candidacy on the steps of the Illinois State Capital on February 10th, 2007, […]

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Video: The U.S. Army Prepares to Invade U.S.

When I first learned about Naomi Wolf’s book, The End of America—in which she chronicles America’s slide toward becoming a police state, I considered it a well-played game of “what if…?” I regarded it much in the same way that I regarded Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us—as a mental exercise exploring alternate realities, which […]

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