The most important factor in the housing crisis is low supply, especially in the categories needed. Zoning is a key contributor to that problem. Sweden built social housing.

The most important factor is low supply. Michael Neal, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, told Vox in a December interview that low supply is “probably the biggest contributor” to the rapid rise in prices. Having a bunch of first-time homebuyers enter the market wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the market could accommodate them. …

Long Working Hours Led To 745,000 Deaths Worldwide In 2016: WHO finds long hours lead to deaths from heart attacks and strokes

As ownership of the digital economy is concentrated into the hands of the very few, we see a small handful of the wealthy get obscenely rich, while an increasingly subcontracted and casualized workforce must accept precarity and the threat of unemployment as the ‘inevitable’ impacts of automation. May 26, 2021 | EDUCATE! As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – …

Total wealth owned by American billionaires grew over half in a year. What if the US had a maximum wage or ratio to the lowest paid workers at a firm? Inequality news May-June 2021

May-June 2021 Inequality.org, In 2019, the ratio of CEO-to-typical-worker compensation stood at 320-to-1, with CEO compensation ballooning 940% since 1978.  Now a study released last month by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies found that the total wealth owned by American billionaires grew 55% over the preceding 13 months. Their total wealth increased by $1.3 trillion during the first 11 months of the pandemic, according …

The US will have to depart from past patterns of throwing its weight around to reduce its climate commitments “America First” in order to achieve needed GHG reductions

Through the Obama Administration the US continued to throw its weight around and weaken climate resolutions. The US will have to abandon this approach to meet necessary reduction goals. To meet his climate promises, Biden will have to abandon the U.S. tradition of hawkish nationalism in favor of global cooperation. KATE ARONOFF JUNE 1, 2021, In These Times This Earth Day, …

Resisting the Everyday Violence of Colonial Extractivsm

By Michael Wilson Becerril, ROAR Magazine.May 25, 2021 | STRATEGIZE! In The Face Of Environmental Collapse, Deepening Inequalities And Capitalism In Crisis, Resisting Violence Requires Challenging Its Colonial Constructions. In many cases, the state legitimizes violence,” said the lawyer, professor and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto, as we sat in her university office in Lima, Peru. “People make claims, they knock …

1953 Review Outlines Key Issues With Fossil Fuels: The Most Colossal Planning Failure in Human History. Rapid Shift and Attention to the Rights of Future Generations Needed.

May 2021 “War Time Footing” Said Needed to Correct Economists’ Climate Change Failings. Steve Keen, a fellow at University College London, recently told CNBC that economic forecasts predicting the potential impact of climate change have grossly underestimated the reality and delayed global recovery efforts by decades. Keen said that mainstream economists ignored scientific data and instead “made up their own …

Capitalism Feeds Struggle and Inequality

Richard Wolfe, May 2021, LA Progressive, FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare In France, the United States and beyond, capitalism justified itself by reference to its achievement or at least its targeting of equality in general. This equality included the distribution of wealth and income, at least in theory and rhetoric. Yet from the beginning, all capitalisms wrestled with contradictions between lip service to equality …

The health impact of having a gas stove is equivalent to having a cigarette smoker in your home. IEA: world must stop mining fossil fuels

May 19, 2021: The world must immediately stop exploiting fossil fuels in order to reach net-zero targets globally by 2050, said the International Energy Agency. The health impact of having a gas cooktop in your home is roughly equivalent to having a cigarette smoker puffing away in the corner, and accounts for about twelve per cent of childhood asthma. “It’s …

The Eternal Fantasy of a Racially Virtuous America

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, March 22, 2021, The New Republic, How partisans on all sides overlook the brutal legacies of white supremacy SOURCE IMAGERY, INCLUDING “THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER” LYRICS: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (X4) “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us … history is literally present in all that we do.”—James Baldwin, 1965 In …

Where It’s No Longer Credible To Deny Climate Change, The Fossil Fuel Giant Puts The Focus On ‘Risk’ And Blame On Consumers, In Echo Of Tobacco Industry PR, Researchers Find

Newly published research from Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard research associate Geoffrey Supran – the first computational study illustrating how the fossil fuel industry has encouraged and embodied AGW [anthropogenic global warming] narratives fixated on individual responsibility,” the paper says. The study used automated methods to analyze 180 ExxonMobil documents, 32 previously published internal company documents, and 76 New …