16 Sep 2014

A Step Forward for Democracy in D.C.

“The capital of the nation is the last plantation!” “Free D.C.!” For decades, residents of “America’s last colony” have clamored for the same irrevocable rights as other citizens of the United States. The movement to bring democracy to the District of Columbia took a step forward on Monday, September 15,

21 Apr 2014

Stop Capitulating, Start Converging: The Global Climate Convergence

  In early April, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim issued a dire warning about the consequences of global climate change and increasing economic inequality. The combination of the two, he said, are likely to result in violent clashes around the world: “Fights over water and food are going to

13 Feb 2014

If Bernie Sanders Runs in 2016: Dem, Indy, or Green?

A Democratic or Independent Sanders campaign for the White House won’t ignite a “political revolution.” But a Green Sanders campaign might. Should Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind.-Vt.) run for president? The creeping realization that the next Democratic nominee may be Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has already picked up $400,000 in speaking

16 Dec 2013

Big Government for Dummies: Food-stamp cuts, bloated military budgets, and state-cartel capitalism

It’s hardly a surprise that the coalition of social-justice groups that held a press conference in Washington, DC, on December 10 had no influence on the latest lurch into austerity. The press conference in the Cannon House Office Building demanded that Congress make deep cuts in the nation’s military budget,

19 Nov 2013

Obamacare and Other Republican Ideas

A column by Hugh Hewitt published in the Washington Examiner on Nov. 10 reveals a likely Republican talking point as the next presidential election approaches: “Hillary is Obamacare’s grandmother. Put another way: Obamacare is Hillary’s grandchild.” Mr. Hewitt’s goal, of course, is to pin the disastrous rollout of the Affordable

06 Oct 2013

Reasons to Lose Sleep over the Shutdown and Obamacare

Sure, the government shutdown and Republican demands regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are reprehensible, but let’s not delude ourselves about the ACA itself. It’s needlessly complex. It preserves medical treatment as a commodity rather than a right: low-cost policies will provide low-quality insurance. It imposes a direct public subsidy

17 Apr 2013

The Tar Sands Pipeline and Independent Eco-Politics

Bill McKibben of 350.org says we don’t have time to challenge two-party rule and build a political alternative like the Green Party that takes the climate threat seriously. In reality, we don’t have time not to. Those of us who participated in the #ForwardOnClimate Rally against the tar-sands pipelines in

20 Sep 2012

Open the Debates: Demand inclusion of Jill Stein and Gary Johnson!

It’s time for Americans of all political persuasions to unite and demand real presidential debates, with the participation of Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Three debates are planned, the first on October 3. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which controls the debates, is

11 Sep 2012

Romney, Obama, and the Bipartisan ‘Free Market’ Scam

“Ryan’s a corporatist. Ryan is anything but a conservative. [‘Corporatist’] is my word for what they’re calling crony capitalists — they expand government in the service of corporate interests. It’s the merger of big business with big government where the big government is in the service of big capitalism.” —

19 Dec 2011

The Occupy Movement Must Also Become a Voters’ Rebellion

To vote or not to vote — that is the question for Occupy Wall Street protesters and for Americans sympathetic to the Occupy movement taking place in cities throughout the US. For many of those who intend to vote, it means casting a ballot for Democratic candidates, including President Obama.