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Cynthia Kaufman

Cynthia Kaufman

Cynthia Kaufman is the author of "The Sea is Rising and So Are We", "Challenging Power: Democracy and Accountability in a Fractured World" (2020), "Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope" (2012), and "Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change" (2016). She is the director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College. Her website: cynthiakaufman.net.


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Articles by this author

 

One Pension Fund's Magical Beliefs About the Fossil Fuel Industry

CalSTRS is living in a world of magical thinking: they believe naively that by asking nicely, they can change the behavior of companies bent on polluting low-income communities and destroying the planet for profit.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Shifting Wasteful Consumption

Reweaving the webs of our relations such that we can all live well together is crucial for our survival. A small part of that reweaving should be to cut down on being wasteful consumers in places where we can.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Rittenhouse's Acquittal Is an Endorsement of Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory is a body of brilliant investigations into the deep ways that racism is built into the core of our legal systems.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Ilhan Omar’s Genuine Progress Indicator Act: An Important Step for Sustainability

If our economies are measured only by GDP, we will have the false belief that we need more capitalist production to have good lives.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Consumerism, Inequality, and the Climate Crisis

Making a shift toward a society that works for people and the rest of nature involves freeing people from the pulls that tie them to a need for more.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Racism, Capitalism, and the Climate Crisis

As we tried to connect the dots between the murder of George Floyd and our work to end the burning of fossil fuels, the connecting thread, without our naming it explicitly, was clearly capitalism.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


Who Funds the Climate Crisis?

For fossil fuel companies, what drives their profit is ownership of carbon in the ground. That's why they have spent billions of dollars stoking the climate denial industry and fighting regulations.

Cynthia Kaufman ·


The System Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis Without a Push: That’s Where You Come in

This is an all hands-on-deck moment where civil society, that means you and I, need to throw everything we have into changing the politics of business as usual.

Cynthia Kaufman ·

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