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Labor Day, economic justice, and progressive capitalists

Date Published: 09/06/2010


For a second consecutive year on Labor Day Sunday, I had the privilege of delivering the sermon at my Unity Church in St. Paul (Unitarian Universalist).   I focused on the the great tradition of progressive capitalism in Minnesota,  embodied by people like William Drew Washburn, the founder of the forerunner of General Mills and the founder of the First Universalist Society of Minneapolis, and the subject of a new biography, "Prairie Ligthtning.''    Reviewing Washburn's enormous contributions and his serious shortcomings, I made this point: 

 There are a couple of key points in all this on Labor Day weekend, when we celebrate the vast majority of Americans and Minnesotans who labor for a living, and who mostly don


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