Promoting systems thinking helps in Climate Change Communications, but how to do it?

PNAS April 13, 2019 Our findings indicate that across the political spectrum, systems thinking may facilitate an ecological ethic or value system that humans should preserve and protect the natural world rather than exploit it. This, in turn, may strengthen proclimate views and understanding of climate change (e.g., that global warming is happening, is human-caused, etc.). The findings contribute to …

Billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars of owed taxes every single year

By Dave Sirota, July 9, 2020 The 1 Percent’s Quarter-Trillion Dollar Tax Cheat: As the social safety net is shredded, new data show that billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars of owed taxes every single year. The next time you hear conservative politicians insist they want “law and order,” hate “looting” and believe America …

History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work: Most progressive victories in U.S. history did not enjoy majority support when they were won

In case after case, a radical minority disrupted the functioning of businesses and state institutions, which sought to restore stability by granting concessions and ordering politicians to do the same. The formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass criticized “those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation,” saying that they “want crops without plowing up the ground,” and “the ocean without …

Possibilism against the givenness of things – when things fell apart, re-ordering society according to new principles

Possibilism against the givenness of things—those were the forces pitted against one another in France from 1789 to 1799. The French revolutionaries were an assortment of unexceptional persons in exceptional circumstances. When things fell apart, they responded to an overwhelming need to make sense of things by ordering society according to new principles. Those principles still stand as an indictment …

What benefits can cities expect from fare-free transport?

Home / Governance 11th March 2020 Christopher Carey With Kansas City the latest to announce free transport for its residents, Christopher Carey examines the merits of such a policy and questions whether more cities should follow suit In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to …

19 Point National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination

NINETEEN POINTS Black Women. With this National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination, the entire black or African nation declares our commitment to facilitate the elevation of African women to full, equal partnership in our struggle to create a new world of freedom and socialist democracy for a united black community and a world shorn forever of bosses and workers and slaves …

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 …

What to Say When People Say “It’s Impossible”: 10 smart conversation starters to address some standard defenses of the status quo.

By Andrea Brower Jun 14, 2013 in Yes Magazine Those committed to building a more just future must question the taken-for-granted “truths” that support the beliefs that capitalism is the only common-sense possibility and that there is no alternative. We can’t leave this task to the pages of peer-reviewed journals and classrooms of social theory—these conversations can start with family …

Communicating and building coalitions across partisan divides on class demands

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, June 25 2020 A SIGNIFICANT IDEOLOGICAL SPLIT within GOP politics is as clear and vitriolic as the one within the Democratic Party. And that growing division means that, along with vehement differences, there is ample agreement on specific, consequential issues between the factions that identify as the “populist left” and “populist right.” Often there is more agreement between them than either group finds with …