(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2019 Forget Bernie vs. Warren. Focus on Growing the Progressive Base and Defeating Biden.
There is a small army of candidates, with two of the leaders running on platforms so far to the left, they would have been unimaginable for anyone but a protest candidate as recently as 2014. The front-runner, meanwhile, is eminently beatable (especially if Joe Biden keeps showing us exactly who he is, as he did about six times this week).
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 26, 2019 We're stepping up -- join us for a day to halt this climate crisis
On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we're walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face. This is going to be the beginning of a week of action all over the world. And we hope to make it a turning point in history.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2019 A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The video is a seven-minute postcard from the future. It's about how, in the nick of time, a critical mass of humanity in the largest economy on earth came to believe that we were actually worth saving. Because, as Ocasio-Cortez says in the film, our future has not been written yet and "we can be whatever we have the courage to see."
SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2018 The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal
The Copenhagen deal -- cooked up behind closed doors with the most vulnerable countries locked out -- amounted to a "grubby pact between the world's biggest emitters: I'll pretend that you are doing something about climate change if you pretend that I am too. Deal? Deal."
(26 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2018 Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not "Human Nature"
We aren't losing earth -- but the earth is getting so hot so fast that it is on a trajectory to lose a great many of us. In the nick of time, a new political path to safety is presenting itself. This is no moment to bemoan our lost decades. It's the moment to get the hell on that path.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2017 Hope Trumps Nope: A Blueprint for Resistance
One of the most unjust aspects of climate disruption (and there are many) is that our actions as adults today will have their most severe impact on the lives of generations yet to come, as well as kids alive today who are too young to impact policy. They have done nothing to create the crisis, but they are the ones who will deal with the most extreme weather -- the storms and droughts and fires and rising seas.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, September 29, 2017 A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win
Ours is an age when it is impossible to pry one crisis apart from all the others. They have all merged, reinforcing and deepening each other like one shambling, multi-headed beast. The current US president can be thought of in much the same way. It's tough to adequately sum him up. You know that horrible thing currently clogging up the London sewers, the fatberg? Trump is the political equivalent of that.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Irma Won't "Wake Up" Climate Change-Denying Republicans. Their Whole Ideology Is On The Line.
We need to stop waiting for disasters to "wake up" hardcore deniers. But as Trump uses overlapping disasters of Harvey, Irma, North Korea, and whatever other hell he can exploit to smuggle through his cruel economic agenda, the rest of us should be wide awake to the reality that stopping him, and the worldview he represents, is a matter of humanity's collective survival.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Harvey Didn't Come Out Of The Blue. Now Is The Time To Talk About Climate Change.
Talking honestly about climate change -- what is fueling this era of serial disasters -- even while they're playing out in real time -- isn't disrespectful to the people on the front lines. In fact, it is the only way to truly honor their losses, and our last hope for preventing a future littered with countless more victims.
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 10, 2016 It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump
The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned. From Elizabeth Warren to Nina Turner, to the Occupy alumni who took the Bernie campaign supernova, there is a stronger field of coalition-inspiring progressive leaders out there than at any point in my lifetime. We are "leaderful," as many in the Movement for Black Lives say.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2016 Canada's founding myths hold us back from addressing climate change
Our new government has adopted the utterly inadequate targets of the last government. Alberta has a climate plan that would allow tar sands emissions to increase by 43 percent, wholly incompatible with the goals of the Paris climate agreement. And the push for new pipelines -- often sold as "nation building" -- continues to tear us apart.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 19, 2016 The best is yet to come
The evidence is clear: The left just won. Forget the nomination -- I mean the argument. Clinton, and the 40-year ideological campaign she represents, has lost the battle of ideas. The spell of neoliberalism has been broken, crushed under the weight of lived experience and a mountain of data. Left ideas are popular just as they are, utterly unadorned. Really popular -- and in the most pro-capitalist country in the world.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 7, 2016 The Problem With Hillary Clinton Isn't Just Her Corporate Cash. It's Her Corporate Worldview.
While Clinton is great at warring with Republicans, taking on powerful corporations goes against her entire worldview, against everything she's built, and everything she stands for. The real issue, in other words, isn't Clinton's corporate cash, it's her deeply pro-corporate ideology: one that makes taking money from lobbyists and accepting exorbitant speech fees from banks seem so natural.
SHARE Wednesday, November 25, 2015 What's really at stake at the Paris climate conference now marches are banned
Climate change is a moral crisis because every time governments of wealthy nations fail to act, it sends a message that we in the global north are putting our immediate comfort and economic security ahead of the suffering and survival of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on Earth. The message is: our security is non-negotiable, yours is up for grabs.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Electing Trudeau Isn't Enough, We Need "Relentless Pressure From Below"
We are determined to learn from the US experience. We remember what happened when progressives demobilized after Obama was elected and we won't make the same mistake. Instead, a huge and growing movement of Canadians is determined to give our young prime minister the best gift any new government can receive: relentless pressure from below.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2015 Change Everything or Face A Global Katrina
The U.S. government is barrelling toward an economic crisis, in no small part thanks to the deficit spending that has bankrolled the construction of the privatized disaster economy. That means that sooner rather than later, the contracts are going to dip significantly.
SHARE Monday, June 22, 2015 Climate Change Is a Crisis We Can Only Solve Together
We know that time is short, especially when it comes to climate change. We all hear the clock ticking loudly in the background. But that doesn't mean that climate change trumps everything else. It means we need to create integrated solutions -- ones that radically bring down emissions, while closing the inequality gap and making life tangibly better for the majority.
SHARE Friday, January 23, 2015 Message to the UK: The Fracking Bridge is Already Burning
In rushing to exploit the UK's shale gas reserves, the industry has spent millions on public relations and brazenly overridden the democratic will of British citizens by overturning laws that had prevented drilling under homes. The coalition government, meanwhile, has done the sector's bidding at every turn.
SHARE Sunday, December 14, 2014 Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate
What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything. Because we can be quite sure that if wealthy white Americans had been the ones left without food and water for days in a giant sports stadium after Hurricane Katrina, even George W. Bush would have gotten serious about climate change.