Bernie Sanders Calls For An End To Fossil Fuels

April 19th, 2019 by the incomparable Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Bernie Sanders is stretching his intellectual wings as he gears up his presidential campaign. “I’m running for president so that, when we are in the White House, the movement we build together can achieve economic, racial, social and environmental justice for all.” Yup, that’s some scary stuff right there. Liberty and justice …

Capitalism vs. Nature

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2018 on the state of climate change, its impending effects, and proposals for mitigation and adaptation. (The full report spans several chapters, but DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group put together a short summary for DSA members.) The planet has already begun warming, but the IPCC’s report urges radical action …

Youth: “We can change it all if we want it all, and we do.”

With Youth Climate Actions Backed by Leading Experts, Latest Round of Protests Highlights Call for Bold and Urgent Action: “We can change it all if we want it all, and we do.” by Andrea Germanos, on Common Dreams  April 1 Protesters hold signs at the YouthStrike4Climate student march on April 12, 2019 in London. Students are protesting across the U.K. due to the lack …

Free Public Transit is Gaining Traction Around the World

Making Free and Accessible Public Transit Happen Free transit has already been adopted by more than 100 cities including Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Recently, five major German cities have announced their intention to do the same thing. In Canadian cities like Winnipeg and Calgary, transit is now free for some people, or in some areas. (Even Ottawa has free transit for seniors …

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 …

Joined at the hip: inequality and our decaying environment

Climate-Striking Young People Get Climate Change. Why Can’t Their Elders? In deeply unequal societies, the rich and powerful never feel the environmental pain.  by Sam Pizzigati on Inequality.org, March 15, 2019 Listen to the young people of the worldwide March 15 climate strike and you can feel the frustration. They see us at the brink of climate catastrophe. Why can’t everybody else? …

Sample Socialist Chapter Priorities, Organizing Models, Anti-Racism/Oppression Work

Chapter Priorities Whereas: Democratic socialists believe it’s impossible to have democracy or social justice under capitalism, an economic system that concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few. We fight for a society without class, where decisions about what to produce, and how to produce and distribute it, are made democratically. We fight for a society where every …

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 …