Reversing inequality: Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy

From the P2P Foundation and the Democracy Collaborative A new report explains how the rules governing the US economy are tipped in favour of asset owners over wage earners, and offers solutions to transform our system. Authored by Chuck Collins and published by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Next System Project. The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of …

Book Review: The Spirit Level

2017 AUGUST 21 Inequality.org, by Ian Welsh Given all the controversy around inequality, this is a must read book. About three-quarters of it is what I call “proving the obvious”: that inequality is in fact bad in every way imaginable. Inequality correlates to almost every bad social metric you can imagine. Health, lifespan, performance, violence, happiness and so on. The more …

Nearly 40 percent of rural U.S. residents lack access to high-speed internet: why another FDR, allowance of municipal service provision, and funding for cooperatives are needed.

Excerpts from In These Times, August 2017 Nearly 40 percent of rural U.S. residents lack access to high-speed internet. In the nation’s urban and metropolitan areas that figure is closer to 5 percent. The consequences of that disparity are considerably higher than whether you can binge-watch something on Netflix. Without high-speed connections, rural residents are being shut out of the 21st century …

This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

Inequality link to climate change

Income is may explain 30 percent of the total household carbon emissions in Europe (likely more in the US where inequality is higher).  Rising incomes are expected to increase greenhouse gas emissions because people will have greater purchasing power. “It makes sense that the richer you are, the greater your purchasing power and the environmental impacts associated with it,” she …

A new book argues that the Constitution’s framers believed that vast concentrations of wealth were the enemy of democracy—so what happened?

By Jedediah Purdy, The Nation, 11 July 2017 Illustration by Tim Robinson. “Aconstitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in 1905. Holmes was dissenting from the Court’s majority opinion in Lochner v. New York, which held that the New York State Legislature had violated the right to freedom of contract when …

Government policies can overcome severe inequality: Namibia shows how

 Windhoek, Namibia: since independence, the country’s poverty rate has been reduced from 53% to 23%. Photograph: Duncan Willetts/Sportsphoto/Allstar   By Max Lawson, The Guardian, 19 July 2017 When you hear eye-watering statistics like the fact that eight men own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity, the first reaction is often shock and anger. For many people, this …

About 100,000 in Michigan get their driver’s licenses suspended every year because many can’t afford to pay off traffic fines and fees

By Niraj Warikoo , Detroit Free, 24 May 2017 – Trapped in poverty by traffic tickets Buy Photo (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) 835CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 123COMMENTEMAILMORE Adrian Fowler didn’t have a valid driver’s license, but with her infant daughter running a 103-degree temperature one day in the winter of 2013, she had to drive. Fowler’s driver’s license had been suspended earlier …