Senate Testimony: Concentration of economic and financial power is squeezing out pharmacies, jobs, and livelihoods in rural areas

“At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power,” ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, April 20th. “We have a few superstar cities mostly on the coasts that are prospering. Meanwhile, much of rural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty …

Economic Exploitation – Rich Countries Keep The Poor In Poverty. Over half the world’s population are below a true poverty line, and therefore unable to meet their basic needs.

By Rod Driver, Global Research, May 31, 2021 | EDUCATE! “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings” (former South African President, Nelson Mandela)  The world’s population was about 7.8 billion people in 2020. About 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and over 4 …

Ending settler colonialism and capitalism and returning Indigenous lands are all possible—and necessary

Much environmental framing misses the point about capitalism and Indigenous sovereignty. In this era of catastrophic climate change, why is it easier for some to imagine the end of fossil fuels than settler colonialism? To imagine green economies, carbon-free wind and solar energy, and electric, bullet-train utopias but not the return of Indigenous lands? Why is it easier to imagine the …

How offsets just don’t work

Here is a ProPublica piece on additionality and a forestry project backed by Audubon. As folks have noted, we need to be careful about the narrative that we just need to fix offsets, but I think this article really shows how these programs are a scam that no amount of tweaking will fix. And there are these gems: “I think …

People of Colorado v. the State

The state relies on the Suncor polluters to tell it what’s happening. In so doing, it holds fast to the neoliberal playbook of putting corporate interests and profits before people’s health and wellbeing. Suncor has a state permit to emit 800,000 tons of pollutants a year. That is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from 174,000 cars on the streets …

Devaluing human beings and displacing the work force – big impending problems even leaders of finance acknowledge

Bloomberg Markets, Wall Street Visionaries Provide Chilling Views on Next Big Risk. We asked three executives who’ve spent their careers on the cutting edge of the financial industry what they see coming in 5 to 10 years. Here are their answers. By Sonali Basak January 12, 2021 Few predicted—and most were unprepared for—the enormous challenges that have kicked off this decade: …

US is an oligarchy not a democracy. Thomas Frank: Anti-populism helped Democrats embrace plutocracy. Plus Christopher Lasch: Revolt of the Elites

December 2020 https://scheerpost.com/2020/12/04/thomas-frank-how-the-democratic-party-became-a-vehicle-of-aristocracy/ More than six years ago, a study by Princeton University Prof. Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof. Benjamin I Page made headlines for concluding what many Americans may have already known: the United States is an oligarchy, not a democracy. While the evidence is all around us, perhaps even more clearly in a pandemic that has enriched the …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …

We need an international movement of progressives to counter the fake opposition between two variations of globalised authoritarianism (neoliberal establishment and Nationalist reactionary right) which trap us in a business-as-usual agenda that destroys life prospects

To succeed we will need a common plan of action and an uncommon campaign strategy to energise progressives around the world to implement that plan. Last but not least, we’ll need the shared will to envision a postcapitalist reality. Progressives also need shared narratives. Thankfully, we know what must be done: power generation must shift massively from fossil fuels to renewables, …