Could a Universal Basic Income Make Small Town America Great Again?

Sebastian Johnson on Medium.com Oct 2017  In the summer of 2013, I undertook a field study of sorts with my graduate school classmates in Southside, Virginia. Our hope was to see the theories we’d learned in classes on local economic development and regional economies put to practice. We spent a week roaming through towns like Floyd and Martinsville; observing business incubators in Blacksburg and Danville; …

IEA: Universal energy access by 2030 compatible with meeting global climate goals

October 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity  A new analysis from the International Energy Agency has found that the most cost-effective strategy for bringing universal energy access to developing countries is also compatible with meeting global climate goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: …

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 …

How to Reverse Inequality in 4 Not-So-Easy Steps

Don’t get distracted by income, author Chuck Collins says. It’s power and hidden wealth driving inequality. Chris Winters posted Sep 20, 2017, Yes Magazine Inequality in the United States has become a household concept, if for no other reason than Sen. Bernie Sanders centering his presidential run around fixing it. There’s plenty of visible evidence of it, but author Chuck Collins …

Chuck Collins: Arm yourself with the facts about the tax cut – 80% of it goes to the top 1%, who already pay less than everyone else

For decades, writes Collins, “big corporations have made middle class taxpayers and small businesses pick up the slack for funding care for veterans, public infrastructure, cyber security, and hurricane mop-ups. Let’s not give them another tax break for their trouble.” (Image: CD / CC BY 3.0) For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax …

Economic impacts, job losses with hurricanes

As Economic Policy Institute Senior Economist Elise Gould wrote, the drop-off in unemployment “was almost certainly due to Hurricane Irma, which struck smack in the middle of the reference period, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.” Over the phone, she told The Intercept that the storms had “a larger effect than I would have expected.” While drawing direct correlations between warming …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, notes from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

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 …