I feel SO GUILTY I haven't posted here in so long. I promised myself I'd at least post once every couple weeks or so and I've completely failed so far! My little blog has been getting kind of amazing traffic so far, which is wonderful, but it's more than a little surprising how much time it takes to manage it.
Anyway, just to keep this semi-fresh, I'm adapting/cross-posting a piece from Pretired.org I thought my fellow Kossacks would enjoy. If you want the full thing with all the background, you can go here, but if you just want the highlights, please enjoy the following:
There's a new movement in America these days. In many ways it's always been with us, but it has been growing rapidly in recent years as adherents find each other through the internet.
On my web site, pretired.org, I call it "pretirement," although others have simply called it “early retirement” or just “financial independence.” When you throw around terms like “financial independence”, however, visions of massive wealth fill our heads and we feel like that’ll never be us. “Early retirement” makes us think of young dotcom millionaires, who got rich early and left the corporate rat race. But many of us -- those of us on the political left, especially -- don’t want to spend our lives chasing dollars at the expense of our families, communities and country.