Philanthropies believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the reform of the systems that people share in common

Excerpt from an Aug 2018 article by Chris Lehmann, contributing editor of In These Times, is editor-in-chief at Baffler and the author of The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream (Melville House, 2016). These elites believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the …

How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …

Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics

August 23, 2018  •  Matthew Huber Democratic socialism is in the air. Since Bernie Sanders’s miraculous 2016 primary run – garnering 13.2 million votes and 23 state victories – the politics of democratic socialism has grown in popularity. I believe this popularity is based on its capacity to articulate clear and simple principles. As (Catholic Latina Socialist – yay!) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now famously said …

Marx and Engels’ radical environmentalism

June 4, 2013 International Socialist Review columnist Phil Gasper challenges the myth that Marxism has nothing useful to say about the environment–with help from the old man himself. At the socialistworker.org AT THE demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built to transport tar sands oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, members of …

The 1.5 Generation: My generation is radically remaking climate activism. Will it be enough?

https://grist.org/article/courage-and-bolt-cutters-meet-the-next-generation-of-climate-activists/ Eric Holthaus on Aug 22, 2018, at Grist.com My generation, the millennials, will never know a time when climate change wasn’t a grave threat. Back in 1988, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 350 parts per million level when I was still watching Sesame Street and digging up worms in the backyard. Scientists consider that mark the maximum threshold …

‘Incredible’: New Poll That Shows 70% of Americans Support Medicare for All Includes 84% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans

By Julia Conley, Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Common Dreams Protesters at a Medicare for All rally in Los Angeles in 2017. (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc) As its progressive wing and a groundswell of new and energetic candidates continues to move the Democratic Party to the left, a new Reuters poll out Thursday shows that support for a key plank of this insurgency—Medicare for All—has hit an all-time …

Most Republicans now support a policy of Medicare for All too

‘Medicare for All’ vs. the European way By SUSAN CORNWELL in Washington, MICHAEL NIENABER in Berlin, COSTAS PITAS in London and RICHARD LOUGH in Paris A movement among left-wing Democrats in the United States has pushed the party toward wider support of a universal government healthcare program, similar to systems in several European countries. What left-wing Democrats want: “Medicare for …

Socialism on the Rise as Americans Seek Out Bold, Humane Alternatives to the Brutality of Trump and Capitalism

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Common Dreams by Jake Johnson, staff writer Bernie Sanders supporters prepare for a march at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. Socialist groups are experiencing a surge in popularity, underscoring divisions within the Democratic Party. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The thousands of democratic socialists in the United States who have been organizing and fighting for justice in …