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Commentary

Commentaries by strategic thinkers of our time

Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino Financial Transactions Tax: A Little Tax on the Big Casino
by Tanya Dawkins
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 Lessons from the Attack on Van Jones
by Rob Biko Baker
Jones is a powerful role model in or out of the White House.
Health Care Déjà Vu Health Care Déjà Vu
by Brooke Jarvis
Can health care reform that does not build on the universal right to health care be successful?
Would Obama’s Mother be Amazed? Would Obama’s Mother be Amazed?
by Fran Korten
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 Instant Runoff Elections are a Vote for Civility
by Rob Richie
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 Commentary :: Don't Fix Wall Street, Replace It
by David Korten
"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 Commentary :: Worker-Owned Café Offers Local Food, Space to Talk
by Robert Jensen, Carlos Pérez de Alejo
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 Commentary :: Food From the Grassroots
by Raj Patel
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 Commentary :: Don’t Be Nice—Be Kind
by Akaya Windwood
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 Commentary :: The Fierce Urgency of Now
by Grace Lee Boggs
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 Commentary: New Flow in the Global Plumbing
by Jonathan Rowe
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 Commentary: Cooperators of the Prairies
by Jonathan Rowe
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 Commentary: An Honorable Exit from Iraq
by Poka Laenui
Poka Laenui outlines the 7 steps the U.S. should take to achieve an honorable exit from Iraq.
Commentary: Our Conservative     Allies Commentary: Our Conservative Allies
by Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe debunks the myth that the Bush Administration is "conservative."
Commentary: US Social Forum - What Another U.S. Might Look Like Commentary: US Social Forum - What Another U.S. Might Look Like
by Michael Leon Guerrero
Will the first US Social Forum be an "aha" moment in the global movement for change.
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