What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

Writing the GND with marginalized voices

By Aaron Ross Coleman, The Nation, March 14, 2019 Reparations have long seemed a politically impossible dream, but the climate crisis may be changing that. As the planet’s weather has shifted radically in recent years, so has the conversation about paying compensation to black America for centuries of economic injustice. Back in 2003, Chappelle’s Show was lampooning the idea of reparations with a skit …

Justice Democrats March 2019

@rgunns on @AOC and @SenMarkey‘s Green New Deal: “There’s the benefits that aren’t talked about. There’s also the cost of inaction. Just last year we lost $91 billion to the US economy from climate change alone.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‏Verified account @AOC Mar 13 More Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Retweeted Justice Democrats *91% of caucusgoers in IOWA* said they prefer a candidate who supports the #GreenNewDeal. …

Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’

The author of Winners Take All assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’ by Christopher Petrella, The Guardian, Feb 28, 2019, Excerpt… Socialist Cedric Robinson’s idea of racial capitalism as “ruling-class dance moves”… On the commonsense language we unwittingly or reflexively employ with respect …

What Happened to the New Rules Project and ILSR policies

We have combined the NewRules.org and ILSR.org websites to better coordinate and publicize our work. All of the New Rules Project activity, research, and information continues here, on Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s new web site. The New Rules Project had an extensive collection of rules — policies, bills, regulations, and ordinances — has also been transferred here. These policy models …

Women and Rivers Congress: as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be born. And with them, new strategies and ways of coming together to share, learn, and inspir

International Rivers is honored to announce the first convening of women water leaders at the Women and Rivers Congress to be held in Nepal from March 6th to 10th, 2019. In this time of climate chaos, as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be …

Pope Francis agrees, water is life and a basic human right. Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, allowing it to remain “chaste” as St. Francis described it

Where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance.  Our common home needs to be protected.  St. Francis tells us, water “serves with humility” and is “chaste”, when we do not pollute it. – The Pope speaks at seminar on “The human right to water”- Feb 24, 2017: “Where There is Water There is …