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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.”

While Red State public universities are fielding topnotch basketball teams, state politicians are slashing university budgets.  (By Brad J. Ward under a Creative Commons license)

March 25, 2015

Politics Boil Beneath Surface of NCAA March Madness

Why basketball fans booed the Kansas governor

Public universities in Red States field top notch basketball teams, but state politicians in many of these states are slashing the universities' budgets. (By Brad J. Ward under a Creative Commons license.)

March 25, 2015

Politics Boil Beneath the Surface of NCAA March Madness

Why basketball fans booed the Kansas governor

Heritage Park YMCA in Minneapolis caters to seniors.  (By Twin Cities LISC under a Creative Commons license.)

March 18, 2015

Who Says Government Can't Innovate?

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority pioneers topnotch services for seniors

(By Jimmy Emerson under a Creative Commons license.) 

March 12, 2015

Can a Labor Union Save the US Mail?

Postal workers take aim at false claims the Postal Service must be dismantled

(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