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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.”

(Photo by Martin Schulz under a Creative Commons license

July 24, 2015

Commons is Heart of Pope’s Economic Teachings

That should be little surprise in a document drafted by an African cardinal and issued by a South American pope

Pope Francis speaking at the European Parliament last year. (Photo by the European Parliament under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 21, 2015

Pope Francis's Green Message Provokes Strong Reactions

Major media call it "apocalyptic" and "profoundly pessimistic." While many people find it filled with hope.

(Photo by Bruce Fingerhood under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 20, 2015

A Moveable Commons

The train is not only an easy, economical way to get places. It's also a convivial, pleasurable experience.

(Photo by Chris Yakimov under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 20, 2015

Noam Chomsky on the Commons

Looking at the dire threats and promising proposals to save what belongs to all of us.

(Photo by Desbyrne under a Creative Commons license.)

July 20, 2015

The Rest of the Story About Greece

EU’s economic demands seek to derail small business and local communities, paving the way for multinational corporate giants

(By Mary Crandall under a Creative Common license)

May 19, 2015

Your Land and My Land is Getting Fracked

Water contamination, earthquakes and climate change all show why fracking should be banned on public lands

 

Photo by Andy McLemore under a Creative Commons license.

May 19, 2015

What Was Obama Thinking?

Nike as a backdrop for defending his Pacific Trade Deal! Amazon as partner in creating middle-class jobs!

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