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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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYrhh935h0I


Q&A with Kate Raworth about her radical new book, DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS

Q: First things first: Why did you want to write this book? A: I studied economics at university 25 years ago because I wanted to make a difference in the world and believed that economics – the mother tongue of public policy – would best equip me to do that. Instead, its theories left me […] Read More

Revisiting Naomi Wolf’s Call to Patriots–10 Years Later

Reading Naomi Wolf’s book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot today is an eerie experience. Written in 2007, it detailed the ways in which the Bush administration was beginning to chip away at the freedoms of American citizens. It outlined the ten steps dictators or would-be dictators take when their […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More
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