In rural areas, employment has never recovered and disability is higher, as are business start-ups

This piece was published in March 2017 in In These Times, and prior to that, in The Conversation, an online resource that describes itself as “an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community,” asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the factors that contribute to the differences between life in rural and urban America. Contributor attributions are noted in italics at …

An Economy in Service to Life

Published on People-Centered Economic Development, 03/03/2016 by admin This is the title of an article on Natural Capitalism Solutions offering an accurate account of how our current economy developed post war to create the asymmetry of wealth we know to day as the 1% vs the 99% “Natural Capitalism Solutions is convening an international team of business people, thought leaders, scholars, …

Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …

Take care about moral outrage, say psychologists; it can be self-serving

A cleansing fire: Moral outrage alleviates guilt and buffers threats to one’s moral identity Zachary K. Rothschild, Email author, and Lucas A. Keefer  25 February 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Rothschild, Z.K. & Keefer, L.A. Motiv Emot (2017). doi:10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Why do people express moral outrage? While this sentiment often stems from a perceived violation of some moral principle, we test the counter-intuitive possibility that moral outrage at third-party transgressions …

Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think

By Ralph Nader, March 02, 2017 on Common Dreams Almost 1,000 constituents were gathered inside the Brighton High School auditorium, many booing and shouting, “Do your job!” at Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, as he claimed that presidents are exempt from conflict of interest laws. (Photo: AP) Back in Congress following February recess’s raucous …

Les Leopold: How runaway inequality elected Trump and can also defeat him

By Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute, Originally published on the Huffington Post, 14 Feb 2017 Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at …

Record Number Of Americans Are “Very Worried” About Global Warming, Meanwhile Risk of Refugees from Climate Change is on the Rise

January 23rd, 2017 by Joshua S Hill originally published on CleanTechnica.com A new representative survey of Americans has found that a record number are “very worried” about global warming, while a majority of respondents professed some measure of concern about the issue. Conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication …

Why we should all have a basic income

Scott Santens, originally published at WEforum.org Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account — because you are a citizen. This income is independent of every other source of income and guarantees you a monthly starting salary above the poverty line for the rest of your …

Highlights from recent writers reflecting on system change

https://www.thenation.com/article/only-socialism-can-defeat-trumpism/   The results of this rightward shift are stark. Poorly paid and precarious workers, the increasingly impoverished elderly, immigrants terrified by xenophobic rhetoric, and disillusioned millennials suffocating in debt are an ocean crashing against shrinking islands of wealth and opportunity.   But the past year has shown that millions of ordinary people are ready for an alternative, one pointed to by …