Students as debt slaves, more of an indication of social breakdown. Meanwhile, “What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future.”

Excerpt from Students as Debt Slaves, at CommonDreams.org 23 Apr 2018.   Interview those fifty-ish high school educated male workers whom Ann Case and Angus Deaton revealed are dying prematurely from diseases of despair. In a meticulously documented essay on the origins and purpose of money, University of Missouri-Kansas City economist Michael Hudson points out that historians and anthropologists can find no examples of …

Facebook will be better at privacy for Europeans, but Americans, Asians, Africans and the rest of FB users are out of luck

“Just as Standard Oil once cornered 85% of the refined oil market, today Google drives 89% of internet searches, 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook product, Amazon accounts for 75% of ebook sales, while Google and Apple combined provide 99% of mobile operating systems” Vince Cable calls for break-up of Google, Facebook and Amazon: Recent scandals have changed …

Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

Introducing students to labor history and worker’s rights

The Nation, March 2018 The young woman in the black sweatshirt was indignant. Across the negotiating table, a stern, occasionally sharp-tongued adversary was refusing to budge—first on wages and then on the organization’s social-media policy. “We’re a hospital,” the woman said with marked intensity. “Don’t you agree that our first responsibility is to our patients?” Nearby, a cluster of people were …

An Internet of ownership: democratic design for the online economy

The following article was published in The Sociological Review 66, no. 2 (March 2018). Updated 2018.02.05. The disappointments of the online economy – for instance, user surveillance and systemic labor abuses – stem at least in part from its failures to meaningfully share ownership and governance with relevant stakeholders. Under the banner of ‘platform cooperativism’, an emerging network of cooperative developers, entrepreneurs, labor …

An interview on progressive governments and post-neoliberalism in Latin America

From the P2P Foundation blog, March 2018 When asked toward the end of the interview what the solutions are, the interviewees stress the importance of self-organised, bottom-up initiatives, alternative currencies and other topics familiar to readers of this blog. They also mention Cecosesola, the forward-thinking network of Venezuelan cooperatives, which we’ve featured as part of the Patterns of Commoning series. This English translation …

Activism is equal parts love and anger

March 2nd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, The Koch Brothers Have Been Waging A War On America For 50 Years. This Is How They Are Winning  If you had to name two people who are still mad about the ’60s, Charles and David Koch would be at the top of the list. No other individuals in the history of America have …

Women for Climate Justice come forward, demand an end to “rule by fossil fuel interests”

February 8th, 2018 by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica The 2018 Women’s Marches brought together hundreds of thousands of women and men to empower the global community to support the rights of people everywhere. Among the issues on the forefront, climate change activism rings strong among the Women’s March participants. Powerful women leaders, CEOs, and innovative change-makers are rising up on behalf of …

Democracy is at Stake in Supreme Court Cases on Partisan Redistricting

The Supreme Court has the chance to strike a blow across the nation to protect an essential pillar of democracy by ruling against districts designed to amplify the voice of the chosen and virtually silence the outsiders. January 23, 2018 by Roger Bybee in The Progressive “Chief Justice Roberts’s complaint rings eerily of the same “alternative facts” and “fake news” ploys used by the …

Contribution accounting systems

A contribution accounting system is not a currency and not a barter system. It doesn’t refer to an exchange between individuals conducting joint work, whether picking cherries or on a project, or between them and another entity like a company. They are not getting paid a salary in exchange of their work. They are collaborating, they all add cherries into the same …