No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

Communicating and building coalitions across partisan divides on class demands

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, June 25 2020 A SIGNIFICANT IDEOLOGICAL SPLIT within GOP politics is as clear and vitriolic as the one within the Democratic Party. And that growing division means that, along with vehement differences, there is ample agreement on specific, consequential issues between the factions that identify as the “populist left” and “populist right.” Often there is more agreement between them than either group finds with …

Auto industry (except Tesla) spends an average $1,000 per vehicle in advertising

Posted July 15, 2016 by Charles Morris & filed under Newswire, The Vehicles. Elon Musk has said several times that he rarely thinks about marketing, and that if you build a truly revolutionary product, the marketing will take care of itself. Tesla has followed this philosophy since its founding. It participates in only the largest, most high-profile auto shows, gives access to only a few carefully selected …

Envision the Future: Life and Health rather than Domination, Individualism and Exclusion, the DIE culture that has predominated under capitalist and colonial rule, have given way to traditional Hawaiian values of Oluolu (comfort, non-domination, compatibility), Lokahi (group consciousness and effort), and Aloha (inclusiveness, with a sense of humanity, love, caring)

Hawai’i in the year 2035. The story describes life in Hawai’i once it regains sovereignty, which was taken from the Hawaiian people in 1893 with the overthrow and imprisonment of Queen Liliʻuokalani and the subsequent annexation by the United States. In Laenui’s imagination, by 2035, the island nation has not only recovered political independence but also some of the foundational …

Are utilities operating to provide service and support the public interest or are they maximizing their own profit? Are rates fair and reasonable? Have investments had risk? If utility operates imprudently, favoring shareholder interests, then shareholders will face the costs for unforeseen circumstances.

Questions for consideration in Colorado… The current level of return is not “necessary to provide service” – Boulder’s 2018 RFIP shows what is available on the open market. Meanwhile, an excerpt from 2019 document on Managing Stranded Assets and Transitioning Off Gas in California, by EDF and Yale Law Students: Under the general regulatory compact for utilities in California, the …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …

Big companies traded on the stock market took two-thirds of the money meant to bail out small businesses. Also 1 in 4 U.S. households are now underbanked or unbanked. We need a public option for basic banking services

It’s Time To Fix The Rusty Pipes Of Our Inequitable Financial System. The COVID-19 pandemic response has shown that the very foundations of our economy are shaky, fragile, and — for some of us — downright dangerous. We’re once again watching working people, especially working people of color, bear the brunt of the fallout. Meanwhile, big companies traded on the …

You’ve Probably Heard Socialists Won’t Vote for Biden: We may not like him, but we don’t want Trump to win. The small but resurgent socialist movement in this country is developing a political approach that can speak to millions of alienated Americans

There is an anti-establishment mood growing in this country, and not only among socialists; millions of voters are distrustful of mainstream politicians and sick of choosing between two parties captured by the corporate elite. Bernie Sanders represented a real alternative to many of them, and Joe Biden does not. And they are frustrated by the lack of recognition: In both …

Piketty’s movie on how we got into this mess: Capital in the 21st Century. The way the elite stays in power, and passes on their privilege to the next generation, is by shaping the way that we think.

The story of capitalism is the central reality of everyone’s life. But it isn’t taught in high school. It’s not on TV. That’s truly bizarre if you think about it, yet, as Tett has explained elsewhere, it’s unlikely that you will. All societies maintain what anthropologists call “social silence” about the society’s most significant subjects. As Tett puts it, what matters …