What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality,

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality, February 13, 2019 Les Leopold, Common Dreams Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road …

Leaked wikileaks doc reveals US military use of IMF, World Bank as “unconventional” weapons

By Whitney Webb, Mintpressnews.com, February 8, 2019  This “U.S. coup manual,” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called “independence” of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many “financial weapons” regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will. WASHINGTON – In a leaked military manual …

Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World: The Rise Of Offshore Finance Is Not Solely About Capital Moving To Banks In Exotic Islands, It Is Also About The Creation Of A Two-Tier Global System.

OffShore Finance: How Capital Rules The World, By Reijer Hendrikse, and Rodrigo Fernandez, ROAR Magazine, February 10, 2019 Capitalism only triumphs when it becomes identified with the state, when it becomes the state. — Fernand Braudel Following the election of Donald Trump and claims of Russian meddling during his campaign, a privatization deal of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft caught the media’s attention: despite …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived. ROBINSON MEYER, The Atlantic, FEB 7, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, unveils her Green New Deal proposal on Capitol Hill.JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth …

Nearly 80 percent of workers are forced to live in insecurity, paycheck to paycheck — hoping that their child doesn’t get sick, their car doesn’t break down or that they don’t lose their job.

Let Us Fight Together for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice, Not Unbridled Greed: If Trump truly wants to govern in a bi-partisan manner, let’s take a look at what the overwhelming majority of the American people want, By Bernie Sanders, Common Dreams, February 06, 2019  It is not “a hot economy” when 43 percent of households can’t afford to pay for housing, food, child …

The middle is no place to be

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/03/dear-democrats-stop-substituting-so-called-possible-whats-morally-necessary As presidential historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time w/ Bill Maher,” it is often easier to make big honking changes than to try to accomplish incremental ones.  Back in 2016, Democrats faced a choice between incrementalism—”a progressive who got things done”—and an advocate for a fundamental transition away from a rigged system. The party apparatchiks threw their …

Subsidiarity and Communes: a Great Social Achievement

This article is modified from a webinar presentation given on October 31, 2017 for the afgj.org  –Alliance for Global Justice — monthly Venezuela webinar series NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Venezuela’s Communes: a Great Social Achievement, by KATRINA KOZAREK Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, …

The New Deal and the Popular Front: Models for contemporary socialists?

In response to unrest among the unemployed, Roosevelt launched the Civilian Conservation Corps in the spring of 1933, followed by the Civilian Works Administration in the fall of 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in the summer of 1934, and the Works Projects Administration in 1935. While putting some five to seven million unemployed to work temporarily between 1933 and …