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Celebrating Our Tradition of Revolution

Portrait of Sarah van Gelder. Ah, July 4th … a day of parades, barbecue, and, oh yeah, revolution. We learn in school about the Declaration of Independence. But how many know that a transnational corporation’s special tax break was a trigger for the Boston Tea Party—a prank that would make Occupy proud? Thom Hartmann’s article (below) reveals a surprising history of tussles with giant corporations. And Andrew Boyd shows how today’s most creative protests offer a glimpse of the world we’d like to build.  

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Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It

From the Love and Apocalypse issue: When pranksters and creative organizers create temporary utopias, the experience leaves us wanting more—and ready to work hard to get it.   READ MORE »
Magazine spread from the Love and Apocalypse issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Bill Hornstein.


Photo by Brittany Randolph
Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision

Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.    READ MORE »


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What We Can Learn from America’s First Tea Party About Countering Corporate Power

Before there was Citizens United, a modern Tea Party movement, or national momentum to ban corporate personhood, this 2003 article from the YES! archives showed that resistance to corporate power is just as patriotic as Boston’s original Tea Party.   READ MORE »


Photo by Timothy K. Hamilton
Four Paths to a More Compassionate Patriotism

Can one celebrate the Fourth of July without hating and fearing other countries?   READ MORE »




Photo by Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.
To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions

After teaching students to understand and talk through their conflicts, schools in Denver and Los Angeles have seen major reductions in disciplinary action.   READ MORE »


Photo by Rod Hatfield
Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives?

Beekeepers are using empty public land around Seattle-Tacoma Airport to breed and distribute healthier strains of honeybees.   READ MORE »



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Laura Flanders interviews the directors of Shift Change, a film about the cooperative business movement.   WATCH »




Love and Power: When Are They Generative, Instead of Destructive?

Reader Ed Lytwak writes, “We can change the world by tapping into our collective power to create—to do—without resorting to taking what others have created.”   READ MORE »


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