The deep decay that has beset the American republic and the yearning for a cult leader will not be overcome unless we succeed in overthrowing corporate power

There is no shortage of working-class Americans who feel, with justification, deeply betrayed and manipulated by ruling elites. Their ability to make a sustainable income has been destroyed. They are trapped in decaying and dead-end communities. They see no future for themselves or their children. They view the ruling elites who sold them out with deep hostility. Trump, however incompetent, …

Income is by far the most important determinant of environmental impact. It doesn’t matter how green you think you are; if you have surplus money, you spend it

Alan MacLeod, Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen,’FAIR. The United States as an oligarchy without oligarchs. Kelsey Piper, The charitable deduction is mostly for the rich. A new study argues that’s by design, Vox. Do we mean to be a society that subsidizes giving by the rich while taxing giving by everybody else? Keith Girard, Taxing the Rich: Two …

Taxing the Rich: Two Academics Lay Out Options In New Paper

Options to reverse Donald Trump’s $1.4 trillion tax cut and raise taxes on high income earners to ease income inequality and finance pressing needs. The following is Batchelder’s summation of their findings, which she presented on Twitter. You can read the full paper here. In Money Greed Power by KEITH GIRARD SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 BUDGET0 COMMENTS NYU law professors Lily Batchelder …

Intergenerational human rights violations underway with climate breakdown

One of the aims of the lawsuits is to make apparent to companies and governments that investing in fossil fuels comes with legal and financial risks, said Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Washington-based Wallace Global Fund, which has supported work on fossil fuel divestment. Sept 2019, Human rights threats in warming world could speed up climate action, Laurie Goering, …

Warren Rolls Out Plan She Calls ‘Most Sweeping Set of Anti-Corruption Reforms Since Watergate’, says her proposed reforms would put power “back where it belongs—in the hands of the people

September 16, 2019 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams The presidential campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her End Washington Corruption plan on Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of a major speech in New York City.  (Photo: Elizabeth Warren/Facebook) Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with “big, structural …

Wealth That Concentrates Kills

by Sam Pizzigati | Sep 12, 2019 | Economy, Featured, Future of Work, Health, Inequality | 0 comments The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America’s economic order isn’t just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American lives. The latest evidence for that squeeze on American wallets comes from the Census Bureau. Researchers there have just …

As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most

By MEG ANDERSON & SEAN MCMINN, ShareTweetEmail Baltimore’s Franklin Square neighborhood is hotter than about two-thirds of the neighborhoods in the city. It’s also in one of Baltimore’s poorest areas. IAN MORTON FOR NPR Originally published on September 3, 2019 10:31 am When Shakira Franklin drives from West Baltimore to her job near the city’s Inner Harbor, she can feel the summer heat …

The UBI already exists. It is just unevenly distributed.

By Matt Bruenig, Peoplespolicyproject.org September 6, 2019 | EDUCATE! Max Sawicky has a piece in Jacobin that again repeats the clearly incorrect claim that it would be impossibly expensive to provide everyone in the country a significant cash grant each year. So what’s wrong with the UBI? In a nutshell, if it’s universal, it can’t be basic, and if it’s basic (provides a decent income …