Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

By Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams, 13 June 2017 Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now almost 5. While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of 06/08/17, the …

Re-invigorating person to person democracy

One of the things I would tell people was that surely one of the next things that was going to happen was that we were going to start talking to the voters who had supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and who flipped to support Trump in 2016, as well as with the people who voted for President Obama …

Corbyn calls for energy shift, nationalisation, a clear and humane path forward and draws record support

Labour’s surge confirms what the Left has long argued: People like a straightforward, honest defense of public goods. Labour’s manifesto was sweeping—its most socialist in decades. It’s a straightforward document, calling for nationalization of key utilities, access to education, housing, and health services for all, and measures to redistribute income from corporations and the rich to ordinary people. £6.3 billion into …

84% of Americans think money has too much influence in legislatures. Last year, 10 ballot initiatives to enact democracy reform passed across the country, from South Dakota to SF. 10 Years Ago, Connecticut got big money out, but now incumbents are challenging it

By Adam Eichen, In These Times, 6 June 2017 Why would Democrats so readily put public financing on the chopping block? Most Americans recognize that our democracy is under assault by big money. According to a 2015 NYT/CBS poll, a full 84 percent of Americans believe money has too much influence in our elections, and 85 percent want fundamental changes …