Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

GHG cuts being cancelled out by economic growth, but there’s another, better, happier, healthier path forward

The Guardian, 7 Oct 2017 Earlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper’s authors, is that the cuts we’re making to greenhouse gas emissions are being cancelled out by economic …

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be – Is Capitalism Insolvent?

By T. Sabri Öncü  Prime Economics and The New Weather Institute 20 July 2017 Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be  International & World, Private Debt Total global debt has increased, growth has been slowing down since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and has been rapidly decelerating after 2012. This may be a sign that the world has arrived at …

Including avoided cost for electricity when valuing local generation by wind and solar

September 11th, 2017 by John Farrell Originally published at ilsr.org. A federal policy enacted nearly 40 years ago has breathed life into an ongoing argument at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission over utility opposition to a wind-solar hybrid project proposed in the rural city of Red Lake Falls. The law, known as PURPA, was designed to promote local renewable generation by requiring utilities — even monopolies — …

Hurricane Damages Will Hit U.S. Taxpayers Hard: Government watchdogs have been warning about the financial risks of climate change, from extreme storms to wildfires, and their impact on the U.S. budget

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 11 Sep 2017 First Harvey, then Irma, and the hurricane season isn’t over. This is the year that repeated, dire predictions about the fiscal risks of climate change—its increasingly heavy burden on the federal budget—are coming true. The hurricanes’ successive blows may cost taxpayers more than they spent on relief and recovery in any previous …

Strategies for delivering equitable growth

By Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman December 6, 2016 The rise of economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues today in the United States and indeed in the world. Yet economists and policymakers alike face important limitations when trying to measure and understand the rise of inequality. One major problem is the disconnect between macroeconomics and the study …

Paths to health and equity from 94% temporary jobs, and nearly half of workforce in jobs paying less than $15 an hour, including 53% of black workers and 60% of Latino workers

By Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams, Sept 2017 As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Equity: “Inequality effectively disenfranchises us, diminishing what our vote at the ballot box means relative to the influence of money drowning out our voice in the public square.” “After decades of stagnant wages, most low-income workers are now struggling to get by …

The Absurdity of Corporate Tax Cuts During the Corporate Pillaging of the Middle Class

By Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams, Sept. 2017 “America has become a kleptocracy in part because it’s an oligopoly,” writes Buchheit. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) It could be argued that the greatest American pillaging is the transfer of taxpayer funds into the bloated military, or a greed-driven private health care system that deprives human beings of essential medical care. But the …

New solar is vastly cheaper than nuclear

August 28th, 2017 by Steve Hanley from Clean Technica, source: Climate Progress, Nuclear Power Facilities “Bleeding Cash” — Renewables To Surpass Nuclear Capacity This Year In June, America’s fascist #FakePresident exclaimed, “We will begin to revive and expand our nuclear energy sector, which I’m so happy about.” Like most of the things Blowhard Donald is “so happy” about, this one is a gigantic lie. …