Polls show public supports leftist demands

Excerpt from In These Times, 8 Nov 2018 Alongside the push by social movements and progressive legislators for a more egalitarian politics, Democratic voters are moving decidedly left on issues ranging from immigration to race to economics. Republican policies like massive tax cuts for the rich, repealing Obamacare and cutting Social Security, meanwhile, are fantastically unpopular. A third of Senate Democrats (the most ever) …

Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

September 24, 2018 | Lindsay Koshgarian Originally in Jacobin The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. That level of Pentagon funding is immense by any standard. Next year’s budget will be roughly twice the size of military appropriations in the mid-1990s, before George W. Bush and his twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

6th IPCC Report Says World Is Headed For Existential Crisis. A WWII style rapid shift is needed.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hailed as an up-and-coming progressive champion, has spoken about the need for a World War II-style commitment to fighting global warming. The Democratic Party in 2016 included similar language in its official platform. By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, September 27th, 2018 b The International Panel On Climate Change will meet in Inchon, Korea, the first week in October. Its mission will …

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 …

The U.S. Spends Far Too Little on Social Welfare

By Nathaniel Lewis March 26, 2018 at the People’s Policy Project.  See how to directly support at the link below! Alexander Rabb / Flickr The US government has a spending problem. Given the country’s level of wealth, the government spends far too little — at least $1.6 trillion a year too little — on social welfare. This exacerbates problems like poverty and inequality, …

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 …

Change the World, Not Yourself, or How Arendt Called Out Thoreau: collective spirit that ought to guide acts of public refusal

By Katie Fitzpatrick, Thursday, August 23, 2018 on Common Dreams, originally in Aeon. Dr Martin Luther King, Dr Ralph David Abernathy, their families, and others leading the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. (Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia) It is not often that a neighborhood squabble is remembered as a world-historical event. In the summer of 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a single night in …

A window into substantive, material economic weakness and risk

By Gil Friend in GreenBiz, May 2018 “If you extrapolate from these documents and case law and the COP21 agreement, then some 90 percent of the world’s business models must be transformed to net-zero GHG business models by 2050.”  First in a two-part series on business risk and strategic duty. My sustainability work over the past several decades has focused …