Searching for and Developing Democracy and Co-Management Instead of Feudalism in Online Communities

Nathan Schneider, UC-Boulder, Feudalism in online communities, https://mediarxiv.org/sf432/ Online Communities Are Still Catching Up to My Mother’s Garden Club, by Nathan Schneider, January 9th 2021  If you’re interesting in probing implicit feudalism and the alternatives to it, I have been writing a series of research articles full of resources for further reading. Each introduces a relevant concept: “implicit feudalism,” “effective …

651 American billionaires have gained $1 trillion of wealth – they could send a $3,000 check to every person in America and still be as rich as they were before the pandemic. Trickle-Down Economics vs. Build-Up Economics

Oh, and tax rates are historically low. Yet at the same time, more than 20 million Americans are jobless, 8 million have fallen into poverty, 19 million are at risk of eviction and 26 million are going hungry. Mainstream economists are already talking about a “K-shaped” recovery – the better-off reaping most gains while the bottom half continue to slide. …

Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …

These Ladies Love Natural Gas! Too Bad They Aren’t Real

ASTROTURF, BUT MAKE IT PINK: These ladies love natural gas! Too bad they aren’t real. (Mother Jones) The website Women for Natural Gas is a pink-tinged, fancy-cursive-drenched love letter to the oil and gas industry. A prominently featured promo video shows women in hard hats and on rig sites. “Who’s powering the world? We are!” enthuses the narrator. Viewers can click through …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

65 million people have filed for unemployment assisstance since March. A Universal Basic Income would result in economic growth

Oct 2020. Excerpt from https://www.laprogressive.com/ubi-would-result-in-economic-growth/ The top 1 percent of Americans hold 40 percent of the wealth, and the poorest 90 percent have less than one-quarter. We’ve had about four decades of near-zero wage growth, and of declining labor unions and worker bargaining power. Even before the pandemic, 40 percent of Americans lacked $400 to cover an emergency expense, while one-quarter had to forego …

Bhaskar concluded western science & social theory were based on a series of intellectual mistakes that created false dichotomies such as those between individualism and collectivism, and scientific analysis and moral criticism

One of the most influential voices in the philosophy of science and a political revolutionary, writes David Graeber December 4, 2014 Roy Bhaskar, who has died aged 70 of heart failure, turned to philosophy only after becoming an economics lecturer at Oxford University in the late 1960s. Feeling that economic science had virtually nothing useful to say about real-world issues of …

We need an international movement of progressives to counter the fake opposition between two variations of globalised authoritarianism (neoliberal establishment and Nationalist reactionary right) which trap us in a business-as-usual agenda that destroys life prospects

To succeed we will need a common plan of action and an uncommon campaign strategy to energise progressives around the world to implement that plan. Last but not least, we’ll need the shared will to envision a postcapitalist reality. Progressives also need shared narratives. Thankfully, we know what must be done: power generation must shift massively from fossil fuels to renewables, …