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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.”

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November 12, 2016

America's Long (and Unfinished) Road to Democracy

Some historical context on US elections

Jonathan Tasini with Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail.

November 12, 2016

Political Revolution Marches on in New Podcast

Jonathan Tasini, author of the Essential Bernie Sanders, launches "The Working Life"

Photo by Kathy under a Creative Commons license

November 12, 2016

Young People Sue US Over Climate Change

Federal court judge dismisses objections by government and fossil fuel industry in landmark lawsuit

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

November 11, 2016

First Step Toward Reconnecting a Fractured Country

Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

November 11, 2016

First Step Toward Connecting a Fractured Country

Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

Photo by Gage Skidmore under a Creative Commons license.  

May 20, 2016

What Should Bernie Do Now?

And how Hillary can win over progressives

Illustration by DonkeyHotey under a Creative Commons license.

April 9, 2016

A Sterling Example of Democracy in Action

Bernie vs. Hilary is the most substantive political face-off in recent US history
March 28, 2016

How One State Escaped Rule by Wall Street

North Dakota, a reliably red state, enjoys a unique banking system

A screen shot from the movie Norma Rae. 

March 28, 2016

Norma Rae Is Spinning in Her Grave

Why Union organizing has become an uphill battle in the US

US Embassy photo by Vince Alongi

March 9, 2016

A Long (and Still Unfinished) Road to Democracy

Women, blacks and men without property once could not vote. Here are the next steps to make America fair.