Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 16 books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harper’s and the Nation, she has also been a columnist at the New York Times and Time magazine. Her seventeenth book, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America(Metropolitan Books), has just been published. An examination of recent studies of the medical ineffectiveness of positive thinking, mentioned in this essay, can be found in the book. To listen to the TomDispatch audio interview with Ehrenreich that accompanies this piece, click here.

Erika Eichelberger

Erika Eichelberger is a senior editorial fellow at Mother Jones where she writes regularly for the website. She is also social media director for TomDispatch. She has written for The NationThe Brooklyn Rail, and Alternet.

Jon Else

Jon Else is a documentary cinematographer and director whose films include Cadillac Desert, Sing Faster, and The Day After Trinity. He teaches in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, for a new film about nuclear weapons, he spent several days working at the Nevada Test Site and so visited, not for the first time, the vault at Frenchman Flat.

Mark Engler

Mark Engler, a writer based in New York City, is an analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus and a contributor to Newsday, In These Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and TomPaine. He is author of the forthcoming How to Rule the World: The New Politics of Fighting Empire in the Post-Bush Era (Nation Books, Spring 2008). He can be reached via DemocracyUprising.com.

Robert Eshelman

Robert S. Eshelman is an independent journalist. His articles have appeared in Abu Dhabi’s the National, In These Times, and on TomDispatch.com.