Will All New Vehicles Be Electric By 2030?

One Expert Says Yes — Episode 46 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast 6 Nov 2017 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Is the US on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that will fundamentally change how we live, work, and get around? That’s exactly what entrepreneur and lecturer Tony Seba argues in his book, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation. His multi-pronged …

Shifting ownership from the 1% to the 99%: Initiative seeks for employee owned companies to be 20-25% of the workforce by 2050, adding security, recirculating money locally 3x more

By Fran Korten in Yes! Magazine, Oct 26, 2017 For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics magazine to showcase socially responsible corporations. But after 20 years as president and publisher, she sold the magazine. She had come to an …

Growing skepticism of democracy: Taibbi asks, since everyone knew the primary was rigged, why did they bother, when they would have won anyway?

7 Nov 2017 by Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi.  Why Donna Brazile’s Story Matters – But Not for the Reason You Might Think Over the weekend, the Washington Post previewed passages from former DNC chair Donna Brazile’s much-anticipated “blistering” tell-all book about the 2016 presidential campaign, Hacks. The piece written by Phillip Rucker originally included a passage that read as follows: “Whenever Brazile got frustrated with Clinton’s aides, …

Loss of democracy in the US

 On Common Dreams, 20 Oct 2017 Republicans lawmakers in U.S. Congress pose for a group photo. Assertions made by the contemporary GOP, writes Atcheson, “are bald-faced lies, knowingly told, and meant to hide the fact that they are paid servants of the oligarchy. And that’s the real story here.” (Photo: U.S. House) It’s not news to most people that the …

Trump’s threats against the press may be toothless, but the harm can be seen far and wide

President Trump fields reporters’ questions last week. (Scalzo/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock/Scalzo/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock) By Margaret Sullivan Media Columnist October 15 at 7:25 PM As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to change the libel laws to make it easier to win big lawsuits against news organizations. It never happened. After the election, he pressured the FBI director to consider sending reporters to jail for publishing classified information. That …

20 of America’s top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They’re scared: “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”

13 Oct 2017, by Sean Illing, Excerpt from Vox.com …Adam Przeworski, a democratic theorist at New York University, suggested that democratic erosion in America begins with a breakdown in what he calls the “class compromise.” His point is that democracies thrive so long as people believe they can improve their lot in life. This basic belief has been “an essential ingredient …

Disenfranchised due to poverty

The Guardian, 4 Oct 2017 “The county told me I lost my right to vote and I don’t get my vote back until I pay all my fines and costs and get off probation and all that” Randi Lynn Williams assumes she will never be able to afford to vote again. The 38-year-old resident of Dothan, Alabama, lost her right to …

Citizens’ revolution and the politics of participation in Ecuador

Excerpt from The Next System Project, August 2017 The politics of participation Initial excitement about profound progressive change in Ecuador seemed well-founded since the 2008 Constitution provided the framework for a more democratic, participatory and pluralist government and a more equitable economy. The 2009 Ley Orgánica de Participación Ciudadana (the Fundamental Law for Citizen Participation) codified the inalienable right to …

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

BY RURAL AMERICA IN THESE TIMES  After several attempts to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio, the community rights movement is focusing on ending outside industry contributions to local election campaigns.   (Image: protectyoungstown.org) In their seventh attempt to put an end to the environmental threats the oil and gas industry pose to their land, water and right to self-governance, a community rights …

To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source Software

By R. JAMES WOOLSEY and BRIAN J. FOX, New York Times, AUG. 3, 2017 CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times  Although Russian hackers are reported to have tried to disrupt the November election with attacks on the voting systems of 39 states, the consensus of the intelligence community is that they were probably unsuccessful in their efforts to delete and alter voter data. But another …