Commentaries by strategic thinkers of our time
Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino
by Tanya Dawkinsposted Mar 09, 2010
- The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates that an FTT of only one-half of one percent would generate at least $60 billion to $100 billion dollars in the United States alone.
Lessons from the Attack on Van Jones
by Rob Biko Bakerposted Dec 15, 2009
- Jones is a powerful role model in or out of the White House.
Health Care Déjà Vu
by Brooke Jarvisposted Aug 28, 2009
- Can health care reform that does not build on the universal right to health care be successful?
Would Obama’s Mother be Amazed?
by Fran Kortenposted May 08, 2009
- Would Barack Obama’s mother be amazed that her son is president of the United States? Fran Korten knew his mother, and she doesn’t think she would be.
Instant Runoff Elections are a Vote for Civility
by Rob Richieposted May 07, 2009
- Burlington’s success with instant runoff voting (IRV) is a model of a clean, open debate. Is it time to take it to the national level?
Commentary :: Don't Fix Wall Street, Replace It
by David Kortenposted Feb 13, 2009
- "Let Wall Street corporations and their phantom wealth machine slip into the abyss … Devote our public resources to building and strengthening Main Street businesses and financial institutions devoted to creating real wealth in service to their local communities."
Commentary :: Worker-Owned Café Offers Local Food, Space to Talk
by Robert Jensen, Carlos Pérez de Alejoposted Oct 31, 2008
- Robert Jensen, Carlos Pérez de Alejo describe the thinking behind “Piqueteros” (a name drawn from the movement of un- and under-employed workers in Argentina), one of the few worker-owned-and-operated cafés operating in the United States.
Commentary :: Food From the Grassroots
by Raj Patelposted Jul 30, 2008
- The food crisis is only getting worse. The answer involves a deep shift in the way our food comes to us.By making local governments pay attention to hunger, a range of organizations, working on everything from local food purchasing programs to farmers markets, are shaping the future of food.
Commentary :: Don’t Be Nice—Be Kind
by Akaya Windwoodposted May 22, 2008
- Niceness is often filled with falseness—it is a way to not tell the truth, or to obscure it. “Be nice!” is something many of us heard as children as a way of avoiding upsetting someone… it’s not effective in the long run as a way to come together to solve the myriad difficulties facing our communities, both local and global.
Commentary :: The Fierce Urgency of Now
by Grace Lee Boggsposted Feb 03, 2008
- Call for Beloved Communities: "We are living in a time of great peril and possibility. In 1957, with the Montgomery bus boycott, we embarked on a journey that enlarged the soul of America. We found ..."
Commentary: New Flow in the Global Plumbing
by Jonathan Roweposted Nov 07, 2007
- There’s an effort underway to turn remittance payments from global workers into the foundation of a new grassroots development fund that bypasses the World Bank and IMF with their built-in agendas.
Commentary: Cooperators of the Prairies
by Jonathan Roweposted Jul 29, 2007
- Few images loom larger in the American psyche than that of the Wild West. In contrast to the myth, it was the cooperators who really made the West.
Commentary: An Honorable Exit from Iraq
by Poka Laenuiposted Jul 29, 2007
- Poka Laenui outlines the 7 steps the U.S. should take to achieve an honorable exit from Iraq.
Commentary: Our Conservative Allies
by Jonathan Roweposted May 30, 2007
- Jonathan Rowe debunks the myth that the Bush Administration is "conservative."
Commentary: US Social Forum - What Another U.S. Might Look Like
by Michael Leon Guerreroposted May 07, 2007
- Will the first US Social Forum be an "aha" moment in the global movement for change.