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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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May 20, 2016

What Should Bernie Do Now?

And how Hillary can win over progressives

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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.

Bernie Sanders speaking in Des Moines. (Photo by Phil Roeder under a Creative Commons license) 

January 18, 2016

The Authenticity of Bernie Sanders

He can win because of his vision for a caring, sustainable, more just and fairer USA

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December 19, 2015

Two Big Mistakes That Cost Obama Public Support

He did not challenge greed by big banks and health care companies

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November 10, 2015

New York State Shook by Power of Bottom-Up Politics

2 ½ major victories for grassroots campaigns---minimum wage, fracking and school testing

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October 21, 2015

Texas Takes Aim at Democracy

State legislature wipes out local policies on housing, fracking and guns