America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s

America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption[1] starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s: Economic Royalists infiltrate critical institutions and rig political and economic systems to favor elites. 1760s: Royal governors run roughshod over colonial farmers; The East India Company, whose investors were primarily wealthy aristocrats, is given monopoly trading rights in the colonies. (The Tea Act …

Real solutions to housing unaffordability make housing and transport more affordable, accessible for all

Todd Litman | 21 February 2017 on Planetizen Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs. Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them …

An Economy in Service to Life

Published on People-Centered Economic Development, 03/03/2016 by admin This is the title of an article on Natural Capitalism Solutions offering an accurate account of how our current economy developed post war to create the asymmetry of wealth we know to day as the 1% vs the 99% “Natural Capitalism Solutions is convening an international team of business people, thought leaders, scholars, …

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba.  The following notes and references are from the kindle edition. Transitions in technology markets can be swift. It took twelve years to reach 50 million laptops, seven years to reach 50 million smartphones, but …

Les Leopold: How runaway inequality elected Trump and can also defeat him

By Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute, Originally published on the Huffington Post, 14 Feb 2017 Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at …

“Many Areas of Appalachia and Mississippi Delta Have Lower Life Expectancy Than Bangladesh” – rent-seeking is causing inequality and suffering

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Yves Smith http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/01/many-areas-appalachia-mississippi-delta-lower-life-expectancy-bangladesh.html Trump’s unexpected Presidential win appears to have delivered a wake-up call to the economics discipline. At a major industry conference, the annual Allied Social Sciences Associations meeting, a blue-chip panel of four Nobel Prize winners, Angus Deaton, Joe Stiglitz, Roger Myerson and Edmund Phelps, was in surprising agreement that capitalism had become unmoored and …

Summary highlights from Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier

Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier (2014), https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Think-Like-a-Commoner.  References below are from the kindle edition. This summary was produced in memory of and is dedicated to Goldman prize winner Isidro Baldenegro López and others working against illegal logging and land enclosure.  Isidro was a leader of the Tarahumara community in the country’s northern …