2018-07_Familias

Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character

Although deportation injustices have long been a blot on our country's "Give me your tired, your poor" pretensions, Trump has turned immigration policy into a despotic nightmare of presumed guilt, mass incarceration, and what amount to death-sentence deportations. This month's Lowdown reveals how "zero tolerance" violates the rights of immigrants, while undermining our own rights and, in the process, shriveling the basic value of fairness that binds democratic societies together.
2018-06_gentrificationzone

Gentrification shreds the fabric of our cities while making rich developers even richer

To the amazement of longtime locals in many parts of America, gentrification has surged in recent years, suddenly swamping whole communities in US urban centers, as well as in close-in suburbs and quaint small towns. The developers, bankers, and public officials pushing such incursions try to soften the destructive impacts of gentrification by cloaking the term with euphemisms like “revitalization” and “enrichment”–implying progress for all and a beautiful community uplift. In fact, though, it has nearly always been a code word for a particularly ugly form of class war.
2018-05_EconAgenda_collage

What are progressives fighting *for*?

Most voters want BIG populist changes in government policy that will lift up average Americans and hold down corporate greed and abuse. One major proposal to do just that is the 11-point Economic Agenda for America's Future drafted by a broad coalition of some 80 progressive thinkers and doers. This document is both a to-do list for restoring economic democracy and a rallying cry to move today's burgeoning democratic movement from mere resistance to insistence on a bold, percolate-up alternative to Republican/Democratic trickle-down economics.
Koch Brothers

The Koch Klan is funding a stealthy war against the principle of the Common Good

Since the middle of the last century, greedy schemers have mounted a sneaky, slow motion coup of attrition, moving methodically from one political venue to another, donning multiple organizational guises to strike down a law here, reverse a public policy there, demonize "others," and ambush progressive groups all along the way. Its chief instigators are the multibillionaire Koch boys, Charles and David, who've been consistently financing and implementing this ongoing assault since the 1960s.

Coalitions of agriCULTURE outsiders tackle powerful agriBIZ insiders

We're in an ongoing, momentous struggle (cultural, economic, political, and moral) over the very nature and future of food, and our best path to victory is to forge coalitions of agricultural outsiders to confront and expose the self-enriching cabal of agribusiness insiders.

If we spread the profits around, smart robots can work for ALL of us

"Thinking" robots promise economic and social devastation. Is this our chance to liberate ourselves from hundreds of years of corporate servitude? With concepts like Universal Basic Income coming to the forefront, we may have the opportunity to finally focus on getting a life, not just getting a "job."
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“Thinking” robots will soon shake our definition of worth

The invasion of today's workplaces by these digital hordes is much bigger, far more sweeping in scope, and coming at us much faster than last century's invasion of factory assembly lines by mechanical robots. This change portends an economic-cultural-political earthquake, fracturing our society's assumptions about the value (and virtue) of work, the possibility of upward mobility, America's commitment to egalitarianism, and even how we humans define ourselves.
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The little guys can win!

IT'S NOT WHAT TOURISTS WOULD EXPECT to see as they come over the dunes for a day of beachcombing in the spectacular beauty of California's Monterey Bay. But there it is, squatting right on the people's beach: a... Read more...
2017-05_GOP-attacks-towns

GOP state legislatures are attacking local democracy

We the People are being burgled. Again. The most recent hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchmen.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd March 29, 1965, at the concluding event of the Selma to Montgomery march.

MLK on how plutocrats undermine populists

In March 1965, at the end of the historic Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights, Martin Luther King spoke from the steps of the Alabama State Capitol. Within his eloquent remarks was this history lesson: ... Read more...