Bronze Age rulers simply canceled debts. We should too.

“And forgive them their debts”: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year is about the origins of economic organization ad enterprise in the Bronze Age, and how it shaped the Bible. Hudson writes, it is moral for creditors to have to bear the risk (“hazard”) of making bad loans, defined as those that the debtor cannot …

A new graphic biography takes a freewheeling ride through the life and times of Herbert Marcuse, including his influential book “One-Dimensional Man,” which inspired the New Left

Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas, Angela Y. Davis posted Apr 16, 2019 Herbert Marcuse, wary of authoritarianism, inspired the young New Left of the 1960s with the publication of his influential One-Dimensional Man. In the new graphic biography of Marcuse, cartoonist Nick Thorkelson explores the life and work of “the Philosopher of Utopia”—with imagination and a spirit of rebellious freedom.     …

In at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests.

An analysis by In These Times found, in at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests. Sheriff’s deputies arrest Cherri Foytlin (L) and another water protector opposing Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline near Bayou Chene on Sept. 4, 2018. Although invited onto the property by a landowner, the two were charged with felony …

10 Photos That Show the Magnificent Light Shining on Standing Rock

Despite all the news of pipeline regulation, court appeals, and activist arrests, Native photographer Josue Rivas reminds us that it is actually a peaceful place. Josue Rivas posted Sep 19, 2016 in Yes Magazine A month and a half ago, I was deeply moved by an urgent plea for support from friends and relatives who are in solidarity with the people of …

“The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us”: Composting as Community Building

For as long as humans have engaged in agriculture, and even before, we’ve relied on healthy soil and the organisms it supports. And for most of that time, we’ve cultivated good soil. Early societies developed food production systems that actually enhanced soil fertility and food abundance, such as with “terra preta,” or Amazonian dark earth, and the food forests of the …

Sacred Headwaters: Territories for Life

In March, leaders from the two most important Amazonian Indigenous organizations of Ecuador and Peru (CONFENIAE and AIDESEP) were joined by nearly 100 indigenous representatives from the Achuar, Shuar, Wampis, Awajun and Kichwa people in a historic Sacred Headwaters summit in the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the heart of the territories of the Awajun nation of Peru. …

Could Barcelona’s plan to push out cars and build superblocks work in the US? A few US citiesmight have the infrastructure and civic will to follow in Barcelona’s footsteps.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Apr 12, 2019 This is part five in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where the author, David Roberts, is …

Good news: there’s a startling degree of consensus on key issues. Eighty-three percent of Americans believe that as a society, the United States is focused on the wrong priorities. Supermajorities want to see greater priority given to children, family, community, and a healthy environment. Americans also want a world that puts people ahead of profits, spiritual values ahead of financial values, and international cooperation ahead of international domination

David Korten posted Apr 17, 2019 How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time? Empire or Earth Community and a Great Turning? This article from the YES! Media archives was originally published in the Summer 2006 issue of YES! Magazine. By what name will future generations know our time? Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when …

From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change. The dominant trend, especially in suburbs, is the concentration of low income people

Gentrification may not the dominant type of urban change. Instead, it’s the concentration of poverty—particularly in the suburbs—that’s the type of transformation most Americans have been experiencing.The most common type of change in the U.S. over the last two decades has been poverty concentration—and it affects low-income Americans, in particular. As of 2016, there is “no metropolitan region in the …