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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 Joseph Gruber under a Creative Commons license)

March 3, 2015

Two Victories for the Commons at FCC

Net neutrality grabbed the headlines, but easing restrictions on municipal broadband is just as important

The world's largest road runner welcomes you to Fort Stockton, Texas, a town of 8500 that has banned plastic bags.  Many Texas Republicans want the state to overturn this local law.  (By Dustin & Lori Slater under a Creative Commons license.)

February 26, 2015

Who Decides What's Best for Our Communities?

Democracy derailed by laws dictating what local government can and can't do

Drilling for oil in North Dakota provides well-paying jobs but also worsens climate change. (Photo by Lindsey Gee under a Creative Commons license) 

February 17, 2015

Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?

Looking for solutions on how to save both the planet and the middle class

(By LaDawna Howard under a CC license.)

January 12, 2015

The 2014 Election Could Have Turned Out Differently

What if Democrats had forced a deeper discussion about Obamacare?

(By Laity Lodge Family Camp under a CC license.)

January 9, 2015

How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough

Sharing common wealth would revive the American Dream for all

(By Chris Goldberg under a CC license)

December 15, 2014

The Retail Jungle

Working conditions for part time employees is a national disgrace, which local governments are now addressing

By Chuck Grimmett under a CC license

December 9, 2014

Alaska Deftly Balances Privacy Rights and Public Interest

Smart policies on marijuana, alcohol and drugs should be model for US Supreme Court

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