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NPR Reporting Ignores Power and Prowess of Public Ownership Models
David Brancaccio is a solid reporter. Perhaps the cognitive dissonance of talking about public ownership on a program called Marketplace caused him to go astray. Nevertheless a few days ago he did his listeners a disservice when he commented on the city of Somerset, Kentucky’s new venture: Selling...
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Exxon Hates the World, Also Your Children and America
ExxonMobil, the largest company in the world, is continuing its highly profitable ($420 billion in sales revenues), ethically deplorable (so many crimes, so little time) rampage across the globe, with new projects in Norway, Tanzania , Vietnam and the Russian Arctic , where despite sanctions its...
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A Future That Values Everyone
“I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately.” This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the...
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Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements
Those who get involved in social movements share a common experience: Sometimes, when an issue captures the public eye or an unexpected event triggers a wave of mass protest, there can be periods of intense activity, when new members rush to join the cause and movement energy swells. But these...
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Let's Interupt the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline by Empowering Our Nation's Youth
By supporting the The Youth PROMISE Act and other programs that save lives, we can give every young person the chance to reach their full potential
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Kill Bill and Everyone Else: Spoofing ISIS
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States Rights, Local Democracy, and the Future of Broadband
In July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stirred up a hornets’ nest by announcing it might overturn state prohibitions on municipally owned broadband networks. Republicans protested that Washington should keep its grubby hands off state authority. Giant cable and phone companies...
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More Communities Opting to 'Go Local' with Greener Power Supply
"If you are an environmentally focused community, this is something big you can do."
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Without Corn There Is No Country: Stopping Monsanto in Mexico
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Ten Ways We Can Build a Better Economic System
For the numerous readers who asked: "But what can we do?" after reading my "10 reasons to smash capitalism," here are ten ways we can build a better economic system: 10. We can elect governments that represent people rather than corporations. This will require serious electoral reform and include...
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