No More Fairy Tales: Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System

BY THOMAS LINZEY Here’s one final New Year’s resolution: let’s stop lying to each other. Let’s stop lying about the state of the planet and what it will really take to fix it. Let’s stop lying about who the “founding fathers” were and what kind of constitution they wrote. Let’s stop lying to each other that we can fix everything by …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Cities Alone Can’t Fix What’s Wrong With American Government

By Joe Cortright, 6 Feb 2018, CityLab.com Localism can only flourish with a competent, generous, and fair federal government. In the past year, a growing chorus of voices, disillusioned by growing polarization, has called for cities to be our saviors. Take Richard Florida’s description of the latest of these “The New Localism.” “In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, …

Rights of Nature and Community Rights movement in corporate crosshairs

Excerpt from Inside Climate News Since the dawn of the environmental movement, polluters have faced resistance from local residents and environmental advocates. But as industry encroached deeper into the natural world, a new legal movement emerged to end the centuries-old American legal tradition that defined nature as property. Most community activism has focused on trying to influence environmental agency decision-making, and …

Major corporations are planning to spend more than 30x what they are putting in the wallets of employees on buying back their own stock, benefiting wealthy shareholders

Washington Post By Rick Wartzman and William Lazonick, February 6, 2018  Rick Wartzman, director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, is author of “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.” William Lazonick is an economics professor at UMass Lowell and president of the Academic-Industry Research Network. Don’t …

The huge price for letting unions die, and what we can still do about it

NYMag.com Jan 2018 There is power in a union. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that. With its financial contributions …

Democracy is at Stake in Supreme Court Cases on Partisan Redistricting

The Supreme Court has the chance to strike a blow across the nation to protect an essential pillar of democracy by ruling against districts designed to amplify the voice of the chosen and virtually silence the outsiders. January 23, 2018 by Roger Bybee in The Progressive “Chief Justice Roberts’s complaint rings eerily of the same “alternative facts” and “fake news” ploys used by the …

How One Lawmaker Is Breaking the Bipartisan Barrier on Climate Change

Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo of South Florida represents one of the U.S. regions most vulnerable to sea level rise. Now, he’s breaking with GOP orthodoxy to help build a bipartisan coalition in the House to influence climate legislation. By Katherine Bagley, 18 Jan 2018 In the three years since Representative Carlos Curbelo joined Congress, he has emerged as one of …