First, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to read the work produced by the People’s Interest. It is highly encouraged that you push back on these pieces, as I will actively discuss them all with you in great detail. Nobody who contributes to the People’s Interest, including myself, claims to be any kind of great writer, we just want to provide good pieces and really hammer these ideas out with people who wish to follow.

Second, the People’s Interest is an opinion publication created by myself, Eric Varney. If you follow my work and wish to connect with me on Facebook, click my name.

Third and final, the goals of the People’s Interest, including the authors who contribute to this publication, are to produce higher quality work with every new piece and to keep the reader from feeling like we wasted their time.

Like I mentioned above, I do not claim to be some great writer or someone who has all the answers. You probably noticed already when you read the articles the word ‘opinion’ is marked. This is because I am not a Journalist and this is not the news.

That being said, the opinions expressed are fact based and events that are covered by the news will often be covered within the work we produce.

As far as my credentials for writing are concerned, well, I’ll say this- To know how to write, one must attend school, which I have (Rend Lake College, Herald Washington College) and to know what to write, one must live. There is more to it, however, than one gift wrapped line can possibly cover. One has to read a lot of work from a variety of authors in order to keep the mind sharp.

Here’s a small list of only some of the books I’ve read that I think my readers might also be interest in:

  1. Lies My Teacher Told Me – by James W. Loewen
  2. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  3. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  4. End The Fed – Ron Paul
  5. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets – Venkatesh
  6. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in – Bernie Sanders
  7. Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  8. Superfreakonomics
  9. The Roaring Nineties: Why We’re Paying the Price for the Greediest Decade in History – Joseph Stiglitz
  10. The Essential Bernie Sanders
  11. Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked – Chris Matthews
  12. And Yet… – Christopher Hitchens
  13. Rules for Radicals – Saul Alinsky
  14. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  15. Why Evolution is True – Jerry Coyne
  16. Churchill’s Empire – Richard Toye
  17. The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw
  18. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South – Matthew Lassiter
  19. Race Matters –  Cornel West
  20. God is not Great – Christopher Hitchens
  21. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  22. Arguably Essays – Christopher Hitchens