The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

Police Unions Have Been Supporting Police Brutality

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/police-unions-history-minneapolis-reform-george-floyd Police unions have become increasingly rightwing as a backlash to the Obama administration and Black Lives Matter — and that’s bad news for the cities they police.Melissa SeguraBuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on June 1, 2020 More than a year before a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned George Floyd to the ground in a knee chokehold, Mayor Jacob Frey banned …

Post-Pandemic World and Just Transition Measures

Excerpt from Sharan Burrow, March 2020 The post-pandemic world will need Just Transition measures if people are to have hope and to trust governments can manage a future with: secure pensions income support and skills training in the face of jobs transition or displacement prevailing wage rates in new jobs investment and renewal in affected communities to secure vital jobs. …

In Colorado, outdoor recreation is a $28 billion industry that directly generates 229,000 jobs and has become an intrinsic value among Coloradans, with over 70% of residents participating in outdoor recreation each year. Fossil fuel extraction threatens this.

In Colorado, outdoor recreation is a $28 billion industry that directly generates 229,000 jobs and has become an intrinsic value among Coloradans, with over 70% of residents participating in outdoor recreation each year. However, this booming economic sector, which generates $887 billion in national consumer spending annually, is threatened by the Trump administration’s public lands agenda, which has exacerbated speculative oil and gas …

Frederick Douglass Railed Against Economic Inequality: On Land Reform, Resources, and Socialism

BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass died 125 years ago. Today, Jacobin publishes never-before-transcribed articles from Frederick Douglass’ Paper denouncing capitalism and economic inequality. Our new print issue, “Political Revolution,” is out now.  Get a discounted subscription today. Everyone knows that Frederick Douglass, who died 125 years ago today, was a fierce opponent of slavery and a powerful champion of freedom, justice, …

Slavery Was Defeated Through Mass Politics: Democratic revolution through the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself

What accounted for this astonishing change? Not just the sagacity of Republican statesmen, or the audacity of abolitionist activists, but the unpredictable and transformative experience of democratic struggle itself. BY MATT KARP, Catalyst The overthrow of slavery in the United States wasn’t a byproduct of capitalist development nor the triumph of an enlightened activist vanguard. It was a battle waged …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

How This Black Entrepreneur Went From Homelessness to Housing Others

With help from a business incubator, Tyrone Poole created a platform to help people on low incomes find housing. Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard posted Jul 24, 2019 Collapse and regeneration are experiences Tyrone Poole knows intimately. There was that period back in 2006 when he was homeless—that moment when, on crutches and in excruciating pain, Poole found himself staggering into the …