Obama's Two Mistakes That Cost Him Public Support

Obama’s Two Mistakes That Cost Him Public Support

Obama might well have stunted the emergence of a rightwing populist movement if he had pursued an aggressive populist strategy of his own, one that demonstrated government could effectively challenge giant corporations and unbridled private greed on behalf of small business and the average family.

10 Lessons for Us from Kenya's Co-ops

10 Lessons from Kenya’s Co-ops

For many people concerned about inequality in the United States, cooperatives represent a beacon of hope. Kenya holds lessons for those interested in strengthening cooperative economies elsewhere. In fact, 63 percent of Kenyans earn their livelihood from cooperative enterprise, accounting for 45 percent of the GDP. The following ten lessons are drawn from my conversations with officials in the Kenyan cooperative sector.

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How One State Escaped Rule by Wall Street

In North Dakota, the banking sector bears little resemblance to that of the rest of the country. North Dakotans do not depend on Wall Street banks to decide the fate of their livelihoods and the future of their communities, and rely instead on locally owned banks and credit unions.

Carbon in the Tank

Carbon in the Tank

On a bookshelf above my desk, I have a rock that’s about the size of a fist. It’s ridged and bumpy, and covered in oil. I’ve been carrying it with me for about a decade, after collecting it from a remote beach in Galicia on the northwest coast of Spain.

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Urban Designers Must Address the Issue of Poverty

The New Urbanist creed has been embraced by millions of millennials, whose tastes trend away from cul-de-sacs and toward pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented neighborhoods in proximity to lively commercial districts. But with a wave of hipsters and empty nesters now flocking to cities across the country,New Urbanism faces a new challenge: how to advocate for principles of good design and the re-densification of depopulated districts while respecting the people for whom urbanism is not new at all — the folks who remained in struggling neighborhoods now seen as hot and bore the brunt of the ills in the era of industrial collapse and suburbanization.

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Some Disadvantaged Communities Find It Hard to Exercise Their Right to Walk

People have walked for justice and economic opportunity throughout American history.

Walking is a powerful tool to change the world as well as a fundamental human right. To be restrained from free movement is an injustice, a denial of our liberties, a betrayal of American ideals. And it closes off the commons, which all of us should be able to enjoy equally.

Yet many disadvantaged people now think twice before traveling on foot due to dangerous traffic, street crime, or a lack of stores and public places within walking distance, which heightens serious problems of poor health, limited transportation options, and overall disillusionment in their communities.

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Texas Takes Aim At Democracy

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. In a recent decision, three of the five Justice majority bluntly declared. “(O)ur federal and state charters are not, contrary to popular belief, about ‘democracy’.” They are about “liberty’s primacy”.

The Justices concluded the Texas Constitution gives primacy to liberty because of the sequence of wording “That the great, general and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established,” is how the Constitution begins. The word “liberty” comes first.

Real Questions for Presidential Candidates

Real Questions for Presidential Candidates

People took note when Ronald Reagan, a presidential candidate in 1980, asked, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” That question got people’s attention and is still often quoted today. Some say it’s this question which won Reagan the presidency.