Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical: The US has a long history of nationalizing in times of crisis. The publicly owned clean power proposal is actually pretty tame.

By KATE ARONOFF, March 2, 2020, in The New Republic Whether Sanders’s platform really calls for taking over “major parts” of the economy is up for debate. In the 1970s, Sanders talked favorably about “public ownership of utilities, banks, and major industries,” and he urged President Richard Nixon to “give serious thought” to nationalizing oil companies during the 1973 oil crisis. That’s a …

Bringing about a deep institutional turn in ownership and control to democratize economic and political rights within the economy

The Democracy Collaborative and Common Wealth have begun a project that will last the course of 2020 to explore the new frontiers of public ownership in the twenty-first century, developing policy ideas in four areas where existing structures of ownership amplify corporate power, erode workers’ rights, increase inequality, and accelerate the climate crisis: digital infrastructure, IP and R&D, data and platforms, and land …

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …

Wall Street Megabanks Prioritizing Profits Control $509 Billion in Deposits and $4.3 Trillion in State and Local Public Pensions. Public Banking Would Put That Money to Work for People, Main Street and the Real Economy

North Dakota has the only state-owned bank in the nation. Advocates say it’s a model for getting state tax money invested in communities. What a Public Bank Can Do for Real People BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Yes Magazine, FEB 19, 2020 The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

Publicly Owned Utilities Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Transitioning utilities to public ownership could help lay the groundwork for a renewable, just future. BY GRETA MORAN OCTOBER 25, 2019, TeenVogue Earlier this month, Pacific Gas & Electric, the investor-owned utility company that supplies power to much of California, cut off electricity to over 700,000 customers. The company argued that such a drastic measure — the largest planned power outage in …