Marlon Weems

"A word after a word after a word is power." ~Margaret Atwood

United States

Marlon Weems is a storyteller at heart. He writes essays on the intersection of politics, the economy, and racism. After more than ten years on Wall Street, Marlon began his writing career as a capital markets subject-matter expert, providing his insights on capital markets to global investment banking firms. These days, he spends most of his time working on his first novel from his home on a tiny island in North Carolina.

Portfolio

POLITICS, THE ECONOMY & RACE

Substack
12/09/2021
The Journeyman Meets Politics Done Right

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Egberto Willies, host of Politics Done Right, his progressive YouTube channel. We discussed a lot-how corporate America focuses on shareholders instead of stakeholders, my former life as a program trader on Wall Street, and why in my view, President Biden can do very little to control the price of oil.

Substack
11/16/2021
How You Feel About Inflation May Depend on Your Politics

During his days as a US Senator, President Lyndon Johnson told a story of an unemployed schoolteacher's job interview with a school board in Depression-era Texas. At one point during the meeting, a rancher on the school board asked the teacher the following question: "How do you teach it?

Substack
07/19/2021
Meet Your New Feudal Overlords

For Father's Day a few years back, my wife and kids surprised me with a trip to Medieval Times, an immersive dinner theater featuring staged Arthurian-styled games, such as sword-fighting and jousting. Anyone can enjoy the forgotten age of kings and queens for a reasonable price, at least for an evening.

Substack
06/14/2021
It's Time Employers Showed Workers the Money

There is an unspoken agreement between Williams Sonoma and its store-level employees. In exchange for wages well below the poverty line, workers get discounts on the company's upscale kitchen supplies. My wife's employment there a few years ago is a case study on wage inequality.

Medium
06/04/2021
The Coup Attempt That Didn't Fail

On January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters, consisting of White supremacist militias, members of the military, and law enforcement, attacked the U.S. Capitol in an armed insurrection. The objective of the rioters was to stop the peaceful transfer of power.

Rantt Media
03/21/2020
Why The Proposed Airline Bailout Is Problematic

Socialism is always un-American until corporations need a lifeline. Just before Thanksgiving in 2017, The Wall Street Journal held its CEO Council conference, which included the country's chief executive officers. It featured Gary Cohn, then the chief economic advisor for the Trump administration.

Medium
03/02/2021
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are the Thorns in Democrats' Side

Schumer’s control of a 50–50 Senate rests on Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to break ties as president of the Senate, which is meaningless unless he holds his caucus of 50 Democratic Senators together. And with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema often veering to the right, that’s a very tall order.

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