What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

Democracy in Freefall: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? 

Do Americans Understand How Badly Compromised Their Democracy is Now?: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? umair haque, Jul 14, 2018 Imagine if I’d told you that one day, America’s most historic, legendary Cold War foe would have hatched a bizarre, cunning plot to sabotage democracy, and elect a pliable President. By igniting a tidal wave of …

Going home and asking: what has happened here? What should have happened here? What is here now? What is left of the original natural endowment of this place?

In a 2009 commencement address at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Berry encouraged students to consider whether they might be better and more responsible citizens if they embraced the concept of homecoming rather than the desire for upward mobility, which lures them to places to which they have little connection, to participate in a destructive and extractive economy. He even offered a glimpse of what …

Ranked choice voting, a key democracy reform, taking root in Maine and Iowa, introduced in New Hampshire

Excerpt from The Hill 3/6/2019 The Democratic party now prides itself on championing democracy reform (see article below). Settling for potentially tens of thousands of wasted votes in the first-in-the-nation primary would justifiably warrant accusations of hypocrisy. Luckily, as with many flaws in our democracy, the solution is both simple and easily implementable: ranked choice voting (RCV). RCV in the presidential primary would …

Re-imagining governance. We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies and to move them forward together. 

Whom candidates surround themselves with and listen to is crucial. Progressives should look at the structure of candidates’ campaigns: Who is funding them? Who are their advisors? Are they investing in real conversations with voters? We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies …

Addressing the climate crisis is a top-tier issue for Democratic primary voters, shared only with universal health care coverage

After decades near the bottom of Democratic priority list, climate has broken into the top two or three, according to  Hart Research, which detailed the findings of a poll conducted of Democratic primary voters in California, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. The poll was conducted for the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the Center for American Progress Action Fund, …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …

Living in a Bubble: A significant minority of Americans seldom or never meet people from another race, and they prize sameness, not difference

Roughly one out of five survey respondents reported that they seldom or never encounter people who don’t share their religion, and a similar proportion said the same for race. Certain subgroups were more cloistered than others: 21 percent of Republicans said they seldom or never interact with people who don’t share their race, versus 13 percent of Democrats. Similarly, more …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …

How Activate Virginia Persuaded 76 Candidates to Sign the “No Dominion $” Pledge—A Model for Other States

How Activate Virginia Persuaded 76 Candidates to Sign the “No Dominion $” Pledge—A Model for Other States, Will Driscoll, November 22, 2017 1 Virginia’s election of 13 legislators who pledged never to accept Dominion campaign funds—a tremendous result for a new political strategy—can be an inspiration for citizens everywhere. Here’s an account of the hard work of many groups and 76 Democratic Party candidates behind …