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 …

Movement for Black Lives List of Policy Demands and Democracy and Justice in Action

By Rossanna Mercedes, Medium.June 5, 2020 | CREATE! I was so excited last year when, on August 1st, The Movement for Black Lives released a robust policy agenda titled A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice — and included a bold solution for more community control through participatory budgeting? Contained in the policy agenda are some things we want …

‘Assemblies of randomly selected citizens mulling over thorny issues are a brilliant way for elected politicians to shift the responsibility for really unpopular policies onto someone else’

France’s citizens’ climate convention has come back to bite Macron 18 April 2020, The Spectator, Melanie McDonagh Those of us who are skeptical about the worth of citizens’ assemblies have been noting with interest the upshot of the French citizens’ convention for the climate which delivered its recommendations this week. The thing about these assemblies of randomly selected citizens mulling over …

UK and French Citizens’ assemblies on climate change seek to shape the post-COVID recovery

Climate Home News, April 17, 2020 French and British initiatives to involve ordinary people in climate policy are adapting their work in light of the coronavirus pandemic Citizens Assembly in France and the UK are moving online amid lockdowns to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Climate Assembly UK) By Chloé Farand As governments mull over multi-billion packages to weather the economic impacts …

Reconsidering and Reconceiving Corporate Responsibility

The problem with the dominant conception today—shareholder pri­macy and wealth maximization—is that “directors are encouraged, through legal duty and self-protection, to demonstrate their allegiance to stockholder interests, which (as has been observed) is most effectively accomplished by attention to the bottom line. This behavior leads to an unremitting focus on the short term.”[120] By the turn of the twentieth cen­tury, corporations …

Bringing about a deep institutional turn in ownership and control to democratize economic and political rights within the economy

The Democracy Collaborative and Common Wealth have begun a project that will last the course of 2020 to explore the new frontiers of public ownership in the twenty-first century, developing policy ideas in four areas where existing structures of ownership amplify corporate power, erode workers’ rights, increase inequality, and accelerate the climate crisis: digital infrastructure, IP and R&D, data and platforms, and land …

The Struggle to Keep Justice Central within Extinction Rebellion US

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. March 9, 2020 | PODCAST The Extinction Rebellion is a nonviolent direct action campaign that started in the United Kingdom in the Fall of 2018 to push governments to declare a climate crisis and to take action to rapidly cut net carbon emissions. It quickly spread to more than 50 countries including the …