A revolution can start the moment those in the contented classes decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort

By Ralph Nader, Commondreams.org May 10, 2019 | RESIST! When will the people who recognize just how bad things have become for the most vulnerable—and the nation at large—unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as …

In the small Canadia city of Regina, resistance is brewing…

By Andre Vltchek, Dissidentvoice.org  May 7, 2019 | EDUCATE!  Ed Lehman is a Canadian Communist, and a comrade of mine. I don’t say such things often or lightly, especially about Westerners. But he became my comrade, and we struggled shoulder to shoulder, for five days. Not in the South American wilderness, not in Afghanistan or Syria, but in Regina, a small Canadian city, the …

The World’s Happiest People Already Have a Green New Deal, and They Love It

By George Lakey, Wagingnonviolence.org April 27, 2019 | CREATE!  Green New Deal advocates in the United States should look to the Nordic countries for inspiration on how to overcome the 1 percent and address climate change. According to the latest report from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World’s Happiest People. This year’s report, …

10 statistics that show why we really need Medicare for All

By IN THESE TIMES STAFF, May 2019 ShareTweetReddit36EmailPrint Today the House Rules Committee will hold its first-ever congressional hearing to discuss U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and on Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office will release a report addressing many of the key questions about single-payer healthcare. This discussion couldn’t come soon enough. Here’s a statistical snapshot of the gravity of America’s current healthcare crisis. 28,300,000 – People …

The only way to reach conservatives is through the power to enable people to feel safe and cared for. When people feel safe, they will feel more ready to launch into a national transformation.

…the power to create institutions, ideologies, narratives, and norms that make people feel safe and cared for. When people feel safe, they will feel more ready to launch into a national transformation. And they don’t feel safe in the precarious conditions that American capitalism imposes on them, when they are one lost job or health problem away from disaster. Excerpt …

Time for a General Strike

As climate journalist Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice, see his talk on Democracy Now) laid out, science shows that we are locked into catastrophic climate change. Our present carbon level in the atmosphere of 412 ppm translates into a 7 degree C temperature rise. The IPCC is so conservative that one of the authors of its recent report said to …

Socialism and the Climate Crisis (2019): DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition.

Take Back the Grid: DSA and the Fight for Energy Democracy:  DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition. by NAFIS HASAN, DALE HARRINGTON, AND WILL SPECK – WINTER 2019 Last September, over-pressurization of natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas resulted in a series of explosions in 40 homes …

Only in America is the word socialism freighted with so much perceived menace.

Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’?  Only in America is the word freighted with so much perceived menace.  By David Bentley Hart, a scholar of religion and a cultural critic. April 27, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New YorkCreditCreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press In countries where, since World War II, the principles of democratic socialism have shaped public policy (basically, everywhere in the developed world except …

Putting people before capital, the social and solidarity economy opens up the prospect of democratizing the economic sphere, by generating strategies that depart from a dominant model centered on exploiting the environment and people

THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IS A WORKABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM The SSE is a phenomenon that is gaining traction across Europe, with at least two million entities throughout the EU (10 to 12 per cent of all existing companies), employing around 14.5 million people in 2010 (6.5 per cent of the population in employment on the continent), spanning across …

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 …