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Politics and Government

Just as government is needed to help markets function efficiently and fairly, government is also necessary to facilitate a thriving commons – through regulatory oversight, access mandates, taxes and due process. Yet a key point of the commons movement is that government is not the sole means for fulfilling the aspirations of “we the people.”

By Orin Zebest under a CC license

November 6, 2014

Democrat Candidates Lose. Democrat Issues Win

In midterm elections, voters endorse progressive measures in referendums across the US
October 10, 2014

Big Differences in Catalonia and Scotland on Independence

Spain's central government bans referendum--region ponders its future
September 30, 2014

"Women Are Saying Enough Is Enough"

The 2014 Women's Congress focuses on putting the future first

Scots rally for independence. (By Martainn MacDhomhnaill under a Creative Commons license)

September 12, 2014

Scotland Makes the Case that Small is Beautiful

And challenge the preeminent power of corporations to defy governments elected by the people

Glendale, California is one of 2000 US cities with municipal power utilities.  (Photo by Scott Lowe under a CC license.)

September 2, 2014

Missing the Whole Story on Public Radio

A show on municipal ownership of utilities overlooked success in LA, Seattle and Somerset, Kentucky

Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson was elected on a platform advocating that resources be "operated democratically for the benefit of all the people".

August 13, 2014

A Great Old Idea for the New Economy

A Cooperative Commonwealth vision, which created Canada's healthsystem, is still powerful today

Neighborhood post offices would be replaced by a counter in a big box store with a barely trained clerk. (Photo by Bruce Tuten under a Creative Commons license.)

July 30, 2014

Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

Labor solidarity threatens idea of moving post offices to big box stores

Gas taxes don't cover the cost of building and repairing highways, not to mention the environmental pricetag. (Photo from flickr.com under a Creative Commons license.)

July 25, 2014

Republicans Wreck Their Own Principles on Highways

Slash Medicare, mail delivery, student aid, but don't make drivers pay for roads

Image from Free Press Pics under a Creative Commons license.

July 22, 2014

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and some states want to control local affairs