It’s time to have community conversations about what folks need, to make the transition work out for them and their families

Though we may be dealing with the same kind of corporate Democrats as we were in 2008, we are not the same. We have changed. Our movements have grown in size but they’ve also grown in vision. In the vision of defund the police, moving the resources from the infrastructure of incarceration, of policing, of militarism to the infrastructure of care. Vision work has …

Exxon Spends Millions on Facebook To Keep the Fossil Fuel Industry Alive: a right-wing political consulting firm helps Exxon rally support for oil & gas interests at every level of government

“Before an issue aris­es Find/Locate OUR peo­ple, recruit OUR peo­ple, and edu­cate them” “Acti­vate your folks with tan­gi­ble advo­ca­cy actions to sort and seg­ment the data­base ahead of an issue” By Christine MacDonald, In These Times, October 20, 2020 In Jan­u­ary 2019, an out­fit called San­ta Bar­bara for Safe and Local Trans­port (SBSLT) began run­ning social media adver­tise­ments for select Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents. SBSLT’s name and …

Public Opinion: Polls Find Most 2020 Voters Strongly Favor Climate Action

Seven in 10 voters support government action to address climate change, with three-quarters wanting the U.S. to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind within 15 years. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports the complete shift to clean energy, with a further …

The left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out. The fundamentals of a viable next system: a democratic, community-sustaining political economy that operates within planetary boundaries, where all can thrive. We have strong evidence for the effectiveness of democratic economy models and community wealth building approaches

Key to changing this will be the development of a powerful program of political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out (and sometimes lost entirely) after decades of neoliberalism. Conspiracy theories are filling the vacuum created by the absence of a program on the left. It’s time to get concrete and specific about political …

Resisting authoritarianism will require the reinvention of American democracy, and a new politics of moral aspiration: Develop a common language, a shared reality, common experience of the world, to work across difference and act together

Masha Gessen, 2020 “politics” and “political” — “the vital project of negotiating how we live together as a city, a state or a country; of working across difference; of acting collectively.”  “when something cannot be described, it does not become a fact of shared reality.” And the kind of willful blindness you’re describing is only possible when language has been …

Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories

FROM THE MOMENT we are born, our brains are bombarded by an immense amount of information about ourselves and the world around us. So, how do we hold on to everything we’ve learned and experienced? Memories. Human memory happens in many parts of the brain at once, and some types of memories stick around longer than others. By MICHAEL GRESHKO, National …

Delayism is replacing climate denialism

By Joseph Winters on Jul 28, 2020, Grist.com Ever wonder why Americans have been so slow to support climate action? A new study lays some of the blame on media bias —for 30 years, three of the country’s most influential sources of news gave too much credence to arguments that the world shouldn’t take decisive action to mitigate climate change. “Opponents of …

Preparing for Tough Conversations

WSJ July 2020 Bracing yourself for a tough talk? There are so many to have right now. Tensions over racial issues, politics and the coronavirus pandemic are provoking arguments within families and between friends: Spouses are arguing about money; siblings are fighting about how to keep parents safe from the virus; some people are confronting relatives about race. Many conversations have the potential to …