James A. Bacon

After a 25-year career in Virginia journalism, James A. Bacon founded Bacon’s Rebellion in 2002 as a website and electronic newsletter. He added the blog as a companion piece in 2005, and with financial support from the Piedmont Environmental Council published a series of investigative and in-depth articles about transportation, land use, the environment and energy in Virginia.

In 2009, Bacon took a full-time job as Vice President-Publishing with the Boomer Project. He continued publishing the blog, relying primarily upon guest contributors, and passed on the website and electronic newsletter to the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.

Leaving the Boomer Project, Bacon took time off to write his book, “Boomergeddon: How Runaway Deficits Will Bankrupt the Country and Ruin Retirement for Aging Baby Boomers — And What You Can Do About It,” publish the accompanying “Boomergeddon” blog, and contribute op-ed pieces to the Washington Times.

In 2011 Bacon re-launched Bacon’s Rebellion with a new design, a new editorial format and a new business plan. Besides daily blog commentary, the publication runs full-length articles written in-house. The publication’s editorial mission is described by its tagline, “Reinventing Virginia for the 21st Century.” Its focus is on building more prosperous, livable and sustainable communities.

Bacon is a Virginian through-and-through. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he lives in Richmond with his wife and son. Family members live in Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and Berryville, with one stray daughter in Greenville, N.C., whom he hopes to bring back into the fold. He would live nowhere else.

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Speeches and public appearances

Bacon gives frequent speeches and radio interviews. He sometimes speaks for free in Virginia but charges for out-of-state appearances. To contact him, email him at jabacon[at]baconsrebellion.com.

4 Responses to James A. Bacon

  1. Regarding your comments on tiny homes, just try getting zoning approval for one in most localities. I’ve been a tiny homes advocate for a few years, thinking that they are a much better investment than mobile homes, which start depreciating as soon as they’re sold.
    But, a tiny home on wheels comes under HUD requirements, and you should try wading through that as a tiny entrepreneur whose primary mission is trying to help people who can’t afford traditional homes. In most localities such homes also must be in areas zoned for “manufactured homes” or something similar. Good luck on getting zoning for that. Economics also strongly influence the need for very dense zoning along the lines required for “manufactured homes.”
    If tiny homes aren’t on wheels they come under traditional building codes which are problematic also (e.g. minimum square footages, minimum electrical and plumbing services, etc). Most localities have minimum square footage requirements as well. In my part of Virginia they are typically 800 or more square feet per floor.
    A tiny home of 400 square feet or so can be built profitably for less than $20k, fully equipped. This would require using non-traditional materials (e.g. rough lumber or “unusual siding”), but it could definitely be done if zoning and codes and lot size requirements were easier to deal with.

  2. What is the best way to contact you?

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