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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith is professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. She is author or editor of numerous books and articles on global organizing and social change, including "Social Movements and World-System Transformation," "Social Movements in the World-System: the Politics of Crisis and Transformation," and "Social Movements for Global Democracy." She helps coordinate Pittsburgh’s Human Rights City Alliance and is a member of the steering committee of the US Human Rights Network’s Human Rights Cities Alliance.

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A Post-Election Strategy for National Unity: Focus on Future Generations

It is abundantly clear that we cannot continue to be governed by the short-termism that prioritizes ever-expanding material wealth over health and well-being.

Jackie Smith ·

Communities Look Beyond Washington for Solutions to Human Rights Threats

We have seen over the past four years that the U.S. political system is unable to hold leaders accountable even to its own Constitution, and we’re watching as the system’s legitimacy crumbles, along with protections for basic rights and the most vulnerable.

Jackie Smith ·

We Need to Fight for a World That Prioritizes People Over Economic Growth and Endless Consumption

By supporting human rights globalization as a counter-movement to corporate globalization, we can advance people-centered policies and build upon earlier work of transformative movements worldwide.

Jackie Smith ·

The Health of Millennials (and those coming next) Can Benefit from Lessons of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Declining physical and mental health is linked to social isolation, which is tied to atrophied social skills, practices, and values that were staples of Rogers’ programming.

Jackie Smith ·

Corporate Influence Threatens Human Rights in Communities Nationwide

National network of cities files report to UN Human Rights body on corporate power and local human rights challenges.

Jackie Smith ·

Human Rights from the Ground Up

Bottom-up action and local identities are not only viable as foundations for a global movement, but they are also essential if we are to mobilize the collective energies and creativity needed to address today’s existential crises.

Jackie Smith ·

Why Busy-ness Is So Damaging

Our economic and political order fuels a state of constant activity which harms both individual and community well-being

Jackie Smith ·

Global Peasant Declaration Represents Huge Advance for Human Rights

Seventy percent of the world’s population is fed by small-scale producers. These producers, however, face an onslaught of threats related to economic globalization

Jackie Smith ·

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