Butchering the Mythic West

Manifest destiny, the concept coined by newspaper editor John O’Sullivan, a proponent of annexing Texas, called on early American citizens and settlers to claim their right to land from coast to coast. As a doctrine, it depended on the notions that white Americans were morally superior, that these white Americans had a mission to spread our institutions as far across …

Peace of Mind, Democracy at Work: ‘We have the philosophy of not firing people. We want people to not have too many worries.’

By Peter S. Goodman Dec. 29, 2020 NYTimes.com Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges: A group of worker-owned businesses may present an alternative model to economies dominated by the interests of shareholders. Over the decades, scores of other cooperatives took root, dominating the town’s economy. Each business is autonomous, but they operate under shared principles, especially the understanding …

Share a wi-fi connection to lower costs

Ryan Scribner suggests this tactic for savings. “These days, there are long-range routers and even signal boosters that make this a feasible option. If you don’t need maximum speeds, you could slip an internet plan with your neighbor, assuming you live close by…why are we all paying for internet?” Sharing Wi-Fi might bridge the digital divide. Participating in the Open Wireless Movement can be …

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Listen to this story, Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer on As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange? The cool breath of evening slips off the wooded …

People’s Power: Reclaiming the Energy Commons

Richest 1% own 43% of global wealth, while billions have no wealth at all December 6, 2020, also a review of Ashley Dawson, People’s Power New research shows inequality remains stark, between rich and poor countries, and between households within countries Michael Roberts is a UK-based Marxist economist. His most recent book is Engels 200: His Contribution to Political Economy. by Michael …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

Community land trusts allow West Denver homeowners to stay in place, in their communities, build an ADU or pay down their mortgage

Help is available for west Denver homeowners struggling to stay in their homes, Donna Bryson, Denverite, Nov. 19, 2020 A new program, Stay in Place, allows them to sell the land under their homes into a land trust and use the cash to pay down their mortgages said West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Director Renee Martinez-Stone. They can sell the land …

Water Connects the San Luis Valley, which is once again the target of a water export proposal which threatens our communities and way of life

Our economy, culture and community are connected to agriculture. The some 1,600 farms and ranches in the Valley are the region’s economic engine. With less than 7″ of precipitation annually, the Valley’s crops require irrigation to grow.   Exporting water out of the basin to the Front Range would mean less water for irrigated agriculture. A plan being proposed by Renewable Water Resources will remove …

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea issues and efforts in Colorado

Some history of GSE from a journalist ( Cara DeGette) . Journalist view ( Michele Swenson) that ties it all together. Alternative to I-70: https://youtu.be/YzWyb6LsLrc Storm Water Drain & I-70: https://vimeo.com/169650756 (ties it together) EPA VB/I-70 Site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0801646 CDOT Settlement for GSE /I-70: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/settlement-reached-on-central-70-project Note that the lawyer for CDOT on this settlement is now at CDPHE  the health assessment is gearing up …