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The Green New Deal’s Five Freedoms

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  • A radical Green New Deal would open up enormous possibilities for human flourishing — and allow us to reclaim the language of freedom from the Right.
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Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos, Jacobin

02.06.2019 | One of the biggest challenges of climate politics is that the solutions sometimes seem scarier than the problem. We worry that to truly decarbonize, we’d need an authoritarian government or endless austerity. But a big and bold enough Green New Deal could finally make us truly free.

The principles that animated the New Deal are often associated with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (FDR) proposed (but never fully enacted) Economic Bill of Rights. These included rights to employment, medical care, housing, education, and social security. Those goals are tragically unrealized for many Americans, and any just version of the Green New Deal must start there. They’re familiar goals for the Left, ones we’ve been championing for decades. But we also need to rework another New Deal–era statement of principles — FDR’s Four Freedoms.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.
Alyssa Battistoni is an editor at Jacobin and a PhD student in political science at Yale University.
Daniel Aldana Cohen is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2.
Thea Riofrancos is an assistant professor of political science at Providence College.

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George Lakey | The world’s happiest people already have a Green New Deal, and they love it. George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

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  • The Nordics [are] in the top tier of nations for equality because they adopted a radically different economic model.
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