The Weird, Interesting And Vanished World Of Activist Entrepreneurs

Jan 4, 2018

Activist Entrepreneurs created a new consumer landscape in the 1970s, giving physical presence to social and political movements.
Credit Joshua Davis

In the 1970s, independent bookstores, local food co-ops and credit unions shaped a new consumer landscape that was as much about protest as it was about purchase.

In his new book “From Head Shops To Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs” (Columbia University Press/2017) history professor and author Joshua Clark Davis digs into the unique environment that led to the rise and demise of these businesses.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Davis about the storefronts that gave physical presence to social movements and how today’s corporations appropriated the language of protest they propagated.