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, …

Resisting authoritarianism will require the reinvention of American democracy, and a new politics of moral aspiration: Develop a common language, a shared reality, common experience of the world, to work across difference and act together

Masha Gessen, 2020 “politics” and “political” — “the vital project of negotiating how we live together as a city, a state or a country; of working across difference; of acting collectively.”  “when something cannot be described, it does not become a fact of shared reality.” And the kind of willful blindness you’re describing is only possible when language has been …

Neoliberal Looting of America, Income Inequality, Mortality, and the Racial Wealth Gap: It’s All About the Upper Classes

Carlos Oronce, Christopher Scannell , Ichiro Kawachi, and Yusuke Tsugawa, Association Between State-Level Income Inequality and Covid-19 Cases and Mortality in the USA, Journal of General Internal Medicine. States with higher income inequality, a new medical study finds, have experienced a higher number of Covid-19 deaths. Matt Bruenig, The Racial Wealth Gap Is About the Upper Classes, People’s Policy Project. …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

Government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan

Lessons learned from 2008 In this case, any government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan. Once in public control, these institutions …

The commons movement aims at a reappropriation of politics, through the testing of collective action in all areas of daily life — based on sharing and decision-making practices that achieve social justice. Ideas in a municipal context…

By the Peer to Peer Network The municipal context is today one of the main crucibles where the commons project is expressed. The commons movement is made up of a multitude of people in action who, strong in their diversity, embrace the same political horizon. This project consists in allowing, through sharing and cooperation, and collective autonomy, the transformation of …

44 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $16 per hour, not counting students living in dormitories, graduate students, as well as other sections of the workforce

This stage of capitalism has come to be known by many as neoliberalism . Under neoliberalism, the banks and monopolies rule. Neoliberalism is thus the most sophisticated yet most crisis-ridden form of imperialism to date. Automation and technological development have fueled corporate mergers and rendered large sections of the working class obsolete. Capitalists have frozen wages, plundered the public sector, and placed …

The End of Neoliberalism and Rebirth of History

By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project-syndicate.org November 14, 2019 | CREATE! For 40 years, elites in rich and poor countries alike promised that neoliberal policies would lead to faster economic growth, and that the benefits would trickle down so that everyone, including the poorest, would be better off. Now that the evidence is in, is it any wonder that trust in elites and confidence …

‘Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress’: Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

“This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams October 29, 2019 Protesters attends a rally for “Fair Maps” on March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) In a ruling that could have major implications for next year’s congressional elections, a North Carolina court late Monday struck …