Our Invisible Government

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.comSeptember 18, 2019 | EDUCATE! There are two forms of government in the United States. There is the visible government—the White House, Congress, the courts, state legislatures and governorships—and the invisible government, or deep state, where anonymous technocrats, intelligence operatives, generals, bankers, corporations and lobbyists manage foreign and domestic policy regardless of which political party holds a majority. The most …

We can’t afford not to decarbonize. Invest 1% of world GDP, the total value of all goods and services in the world = about $85 trillion per year in 2019. 1% of that is $850 billion/yr

From Dr. Scott Denning, Colorado State University, Aug 2019 Economists estimate the total cost of decarbonizing the world economy to be about 1% of global GDP. Academic economists estimate the total cost of saving our descendants from millennia of hellish struggle at 1% of GDP (plus or minus 1% — could actually cost anywhere from nothing to 2%). And yes …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019)

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019) During the last couple of decades—and particularly during the last ten years—mining companies have filed dozens of claims against Latin American countries before international arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of …

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics

Carey Gillam, Clean Technica, Sun 2 Jun 2019 59 Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer  Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, one of the world’s most popular herbicides, may cause cancer. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been …

Pope Francis laments continued fossil fuel investment. ‘Startling’ inaction on climate change must end, he says

The Pope lamented continued development of and investment in fossil fuels.  “We continue along old paths because we are trapped by our faulty accounting and by the corruption of vested interests,” he said. “We still reckon as profit that which threatens our very survival.”  “It is my prayerful hope that…you will agree upon a common plan that accords with climate science, the …

What Will You Say to Your Grandchildren? What we really need right now is Deep Transformation. There is still time to act: we must acknowledge this moral imperative.

By Jeremy Lent, Patterns of Meaning, on EcoWatch, 17 April 2019 Facing oncoming climate disaster, some argue for “Deep Adaptation” — that we must prepare for inevitable collapse. However, this orientation is dangerously flawed. It threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy by diluting the efforts toward positive, structural change (as outlined in Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si’ and known for generations …

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity To Operationalize Equity

Julie Nelson, Director, Government Alliance On Race And Equity And Lisa Brooks, University Of Washington School Of Social Work For Government Alliance On Race & Equity 12/01/16, https://climateadvocacylab.org/system/files/GARE-Racial_Equity_Toolkit.pdf Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity …

The Economy for the Common Good: A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, by Christian Felber

By Christian Felber, Vienna University of Economics and Business and Gus Hagelberg, Coordinator for International Expansion of the ECG more, February 27, 2017,  MONEY & BANKING, DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE This paper by Christian Felber and Gus Hagelberg, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it …