A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things: allow just and reasonable prices and serves the public interest. Also, only one reason to grant a corporate charter…

David Korten’s presentation to the Summit on the Future of Corporations, Faneuil Hall, Boston MA, November 13, 2007. Only One Reason to Grant a Corporate Charter (see end) ** Excerpts from Interview – John Farrell and Jean Su – May-June 2021 Jean Su:  A monopoly can be given to a private corporation if it actually fulfills two things. And this …

Resisting the Everyday Violence of Colonial Extractivsm

By Michael Wilson Becerril, ROAR Magazine.May 25, 2021 | STRATEGIZE! In The Face Of Environmental Collapse, Deepening Inequalities And Capitalism In Crisis, Resisting Violence Requires Challenging Its Colonial Constructions. In many cases, the state legitimizes violence,” said the lawyer, professor and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto, as we sat in her university office in Lima, Peru. “People make claims, they knock …

Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. More DER, microgrids, public ownership, and freedom from monopolies needed.

Increasingly extreme weather from climate change is now a year-round phenomenon. This has homebuilders reconsidering how they design and power new homes, and how to take them off the grid. Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. International Energy Agency Recommends Moratorium On New Fossil …

New York Bill Moving Through Senate Takes on Monopoly Power

20 MAY 2021 by ILSR A groundbreaking new bill moving through the New York State Senate this week will, if enacted, greatly enhance the ability of the state and private plaintiffs to take on monopoly power and level the playing field for independent businesses in New York. The bill, first introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris last September, would usher in much needed reforms …

Small businesses are disappearing across most sectors even though they often outperform their bigger competitors on price and quality. Big businesses with more political power tilt the playing field & destroy community economic vitality but policies can help

States and cities have potent policy tools for checking corporate power and sparking a new wave of entrepreneurship and small business development. We define “independent” to mean that the owners have full control over the business; that it’s not a franchise or subsidiary of a larger corporation. “Locally owned” means that the owner(s) live in the region. In many sectors, …

Gas Interests Threaten Local Authority in 6 States

January 19, 2021 Alejandra Mejia and Kimi Narita, NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/alejandra-mejia/gas-interests-threaten-local-authority-6-states Continuing last year’s worrisome trend, efforts to strip local communities of decision-making authority over the health impacts and cost of their future homes and buildings have been introduced in several state legislatures. If adopted, these bills could hamstring local government’s ability to lead in the fight against local air pollution and …

It’s time to consider an electricity customer Bill of Rights

Let the people choose their source and type of power. Let them buy more modern, greener electric services and help transform the grid. Let them choose among vibrant, competitive service offerings just as consumers enjoy in telecommunication, broadband, cable, transportation, and virtually every other formerly exclusive public utility service.  Allow electric power suppliers to compete, innovate, and develop services more responsive to …

Intense multiyear lobbying campaign by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CenturyLink, and others to bar communities from building their own better, more affordable networks

Millions of dollars bought restrictions that encourage cable and DSL monopolies rather than new choices for residents and businesses BY LISA GONZALEZ , ILSR 3 JAN 2013  After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting …

Amazon warehouses with robots are seeing injuries to around 1 in 10 people employed

How Amazon hid its safety crisis, by Will Evans | September 29, 2020 Robots. Prime Day. Holiday peak. Internal records show Amazon has deceived the public on rising injury rates among its warehouse workers. On Cyber Monday 2014, Amazon operations chief Dave Clark proudly unveiled the company’s new warehouse of the future in Tracy, California.  Behind him, tall yellow racks …