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 …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …

Avoid Framings that Require a Sequence: The path to democratic socialism and the path to a livable planet are one and the same and should be accomplished simultaneously

We need to act as quickly as possible, and we need to target the root causes of climate change. But we can, and should, do both simultaneously.  We can see that environmental destruction is rooted in the imperatives of our existing system of profit-seeking, competition, endless growth, exploitation of humans and nature, and imperial expansion.  A better future is possible though, …

Stiglitz urges joint EU-China trade sanctions against the US on climate change

By Frédéric Simon | EURACTIV.com Mar 28, 2019 Joseph Stiglitz argues that Europe and China should consider climate-related trade sanctions against the US, saying there is a legal precedent at the World Trade Organisation providing them with the legal grounds to do so. [EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER] Languages: Deutsch  Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz has called on Europe and China to join forces against the United States …

The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy 10 Years Ago. It Didn’t Go Well.

Ten years ago, the tax agency formed a special team to unravel the complex tax-lowering strategies of the nation’s wealthiest people. But with big money — and Congress — arrayed against the team, it never had a chance. by Jesse Eisinger and Paul Kiel in ProPublica,  April 5, 2019  GUTTING THE IRS Who Wins When a Crucial Agency Is Defunded. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based …

Progressive International has goal of organizing the global left to both defeat the right and address the world’s most urgent crises, from climate change to endless war to soaring wealth inequality

“We must take the opportunity to reconceptualize a genuinely progressive global order based on human solidarity.”  —Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Holds Double-Digit Lead Over 2020 Rivals Among Young Democratic Voters: Poll By Jon Queally, Common Dreams , April 01, 2019 For the young, survey suggests, Sanders not too old 128 Comments Supporters cheer at a campaign rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie …

A coalition of over a dozen progressive advocacy groups launched a nationwide “Tax the Rich” campaign Wednesday with the goal of building a grassroots movement to unrig the tax code and make wealthy Americans pay their fair share

A coalition of over a dozen progressive advocacy groups launched a nationwide “Tax the Rich” campaign Wednesday with the goal of building a grassroots movement to unrig the tax code and make wealthy Americans pay their fair share. ‘Tax the Rich. It’s Just That Simple’: US Campaign Aims to Make Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share, by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, April 03, 2019 “Taxing the …

Tons of Collusion! “102 contacts and 28 meetings between the Trump Campaign/Transition team and Russians” (+ Russia–Trump Timeline)

March 22nd, 2019 by Zachary Shahan Image via Kremlin.ru (some rights reserved) I was on the verge of titling this “Let’s Be Honest — Fox News Viewers Are Idiots,” or perhaps “Let’s Be Honest — Trump Supporters Are Idiots,” but I thought I better take the high road and not do that. Happily, I think the new title is better and I didn’t offend anyone. …

AOC is asking the questions that activists need to know, and the Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis

By Abraham Gutman agutman@philly.com The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis | March 14, 2019  The Green New Deal, the ambitious plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to deal with climate change, has drawn a lot of attention and speculation, including at this week’s big energy conference in Houston. Beyond criticism that actually has nothing to do …

Reparations, Court-Packing: Once-Fringe Issues Take Hold in Democratic Primary Race

Activists are using the 2020 primary to push their causes into the mainstream political conversation. Sunrise Movement has had great success establishing its signature legislation, the Green New Deal, as a must-answer question. By Sydney Ember and Astead W. Herndon in the NYTimes.com 12 Mar 2019  It was a made-for-social-media moment for Pete Buttigieg. In Philadelphia last month on his book tour, Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor …