Putting Our Money Where Our Hearts Are with Lee Slonimsky: PYP 211

Lee Slonimsky is both a financial wizard and an accomplished poet. His abiding interests include social justice and animal welfare.

Lee has managed to fit all these skills, interests, and passions into a singular and impactful life. He's the co-founder of Next Era Capital Partners LLC, the country's first hedge fund majority owned by Native Americans. He uses his investment chops to shift the capitalist game from amassing resources at any cost to using capital as a tool to reorient business toward more life-sustaining practices.

He's also published several volumes of poetry, as well as a detective novel, Bermuda Gold, that fictionalizes the scandalous and secretive world of hedge funds.

In our conversation, we covered:

  • Lee's “spiderman” moment and his gradual conversion to an animal rights advocate
  • early exposure to finance
  • the first rule of successful investing: “don't be greedy”
  • hedge funds and their outsized influence over modern politics
  • the leading contributors to political movements are on the left, not the right
  • how the 1940 Private Investment Act created the largest secret accumulation of wealth in human history
  • how investors can take down animal agriculture
  • why shorting beef and pork futures is a smart (and powerful) bet
  • how to engage in activism with your own investments, no matter how modest
  • a 20-minute activism practice that can change the world (finding the right person to email)
  • the worst company in the world for the environment and animals
  • how to raise consciousness of the cruelty inherent in factory farming – even without mandating glass walls
  • lessons from the 1970s tuna boycott
  • the underutilized influence of pension funds
  • why being an investor is so much more powerful than being a consumer
  • and much more…

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Bermuda Gold, by Lee Slonimsky

Consulting With The Swifts: New and Selected Poems 1982-2016, by Lee Slonimsky

Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street, by Lee Slonimsky

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