Taking a longer, harder look at the research that shows that more equal societies also turn out to be safer societies

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org, March 2018 Last month’s homicidal horror at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has Americans searching for answers to the most elemental question a parent can ever ask. How can we, Americans want to know, protect our kids? Overwhelming majorities of us, the polls tell us, feel that the answer involves some sort of meaningful limits on …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

“If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets”

March 6, 2018 David F. Ruccio, Real World Economics Review  Chris Rock may be right. Still, Americans are well aware that economic inequality in their country is obscene, even though they often underestimate the growing gap between the poor and the rich.But it’s Frank Rich, who conducted the interview with the American comedian, who made the more perceptive observation: For all the current conversation …

A town hall on Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class on Monday 19 March at 7pm

 Bernie Sanders is hosting a town hall on Inequality in America: The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class on Monday 19 March at 7pm before a live audience in the auditorium of the US Capitol. It will be live-streamed by the Guardian  Bernie Sanders We need to hear from struggling Americans whose stories are rarely told in newspapers or television. …

Rolling Jubilee, RIP Medical Debt and more!

It has become an all-too-familiar sight—websites, posters, collection jars with photos of children, mothers, young people who need medical care they can’t afford. Some will not receive life-saving treatment without this help. All too often, the bills will saddle the family with a debt burden that will follow them for years—sometimes for life. Getting sick, having a baby, or being …

Why Hasn’t Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality: The top .01% have tripled their influence in politics over the last 30 years and other reasons

Excerpt, NYTimes, Feb 2018 One of the most important of Piketty’s conclusions is that constituencies that feel unrepresented by the new partisan configuration will be drawn to populism. The Piketty report is a significant contribution to the growing collection of studies analyzing the inability of democratic forces to adequately counter inequality. Five years ago, for example, Adam Bonica, a political scientist at …

Doughnut Economics

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/the-new-economic-model-that-could-end-inequality-doughnut/ They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s the state of humanity in a single image. It’s the “Doughnut” of social and planetary boundaries and it could just turn out to be the compass we need for creating a safe and just 21st century. Image: Kate Raworth and Christian Guthier/The Lancet Planetary Health The hole at the …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Rights of Nature and Community Rights movement in corporate crosshairs

Excerpt from Inside Climate News Since the dawn of the environmental movement, polluters have faced resistance from local residents and environmental advocates. But as industry encroached deeper into the natural world, a new legal movement emerged to end the centuries-old American legal tradition that defined nature as property. Most community activism has focused on trying to influence environmental agency decision-making, and …