The 21st Century is a salvage operation

Junk is all over the news. Steel companies are buying scrap at big prices. And yet, recycling loses money for local governments across the country. The climate crisis is running headlong into our desire for more and more stuff. Worse, our economy currently depends upon us making and buying that stuff.

My latest column for the Minnesota Reformer is out today. The piece is called “The value of junk in these new times.” It tells of a lesson about “value” that I learned growing up on a family-owned junkyard on the Iron Range.

Read the column now. And please support the Reformer, an independent nonprofit news operation producing original journalism and commentary for Minnesota.


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