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Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and His Argument Against the Bailout

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a national treasure. He never fails to speak his mind with passion and clarity. Too often he is dismissed as the kookie-haired Senator from the bluest state in the nation. (And Proud of It!) But Bernie is a man of the people. And in these times when it is difficult to see where Washington stops and Corporate America begins, public servants like Sanders are rare and valuable. Case in point. Bush, McCain, and fellow cronies are in the process of socializing Wall Street as a means of avoiding a the total collapse of our economy that their unregulated “trickle-down-economics” has been flirting with for the better part of the last few years. At its core this simply means that American taxpayers are bailing out the companies that are foreclosing on our homes, calling in our loans, and canceling our lines of credit. The upper-class economy has been booming at the expense of the middle-class economy and suddenly the American economy is in trouble. And we’re supposed to reward the greedy and corrupt by buying their companies. Bernie Sanders has something to say about that. If you have time, this argument against the bailout as proposed is worth watching.


A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More
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