Articles by Mark Condon

Book Reviews

'Winner-Take-All Politics'

Special interests and their influence benefit the few at a cost to the common good.
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Recapture the Passion

An evangelical fervor drove the CU pioneers—a fervor many lack today.
Rekindling the enthusiasm our movement's pioneers had for the CU idea just might make CUs indispensable.
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‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’

Life in a Mumbai slum reveals how the ‘brutal capriciousness’ of daily life can undermine people's economic security.
Social and economic conditions plaguing millions are due to complexities and dynamics that too often are misunderstood.
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Market Trends

Poised for an Era of Growth

This could be the advent of another period of expansion for CUs.
Young people of my generation had more faith in their future than a lot of young people do today.
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Book Review

'Winner-Take-All Politics'

The mix of money and politics has reached new heights.
Special interests and their influence benefit the few at a cost to the common good.
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Don’t Be a Boiling Frog

When trends show that markets are changing, does your CU adjust?
Most of us are familiar with the “boiling frog” anecdote. It metaphorically illustrates the danger of not recognizing the aggregate impact of incremental change until it’s too late to do anything about it.
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Book Review

In This Game of Chicken, We All Lose

Report offers challenging yet pragmatic approach to fixing our nation’s financial woes.
The political debate over the nation’s debt is staggering in its ineptness and in the toxic partisanship that poisons it.
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The Looming Retirement Crisis

Are mandated retirement accounts the answer?
While mandated savings may be a tough sell, Americans may need more of a paternalistic, rather than libertarian, approach to get them to save for retirement.
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Insist On a Reasonable Immigration Compromise

So what’s a CU to do? Ask its staff to become immigration enforcement officers?
So what's a CU to do? Ask its staff to become immigration enforcement officers?
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Standing on Shaky Ground

For up to 50% of Americans, a job loss or medical crisis could spell financial ruin.
CUs offer compassion, financial solutions, and hope to members in need.
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