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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 7: Trump’s Coup Attempt Requires Us to Rise Above Position and Party

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  • In the chaos of Trump’s first three weeks in office, we can see a frighteningly coherent agenda—and a national and global emergency.
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David Korten, Yes! Magazine

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http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/trumps-coup-attemp-requires-us-to-rise-above-position-and-party-20170208/trump.jpg/imageA rally against Trump’s refugee ban at Reagan National Airport on February 2, 2017. Photo by Geoff Livingston / Flickr

Feb 08, 2017 | On Aug. 8, 2016, 50 former top-level Republican officials who served under Republican presidents going back to Richard Nixon issued a warning letter. Many had held senior national security posts. They called out the threat to national security posed by President Trump’s lack of self-control and impetuously “erratic behavior” and concluded that he “would be the most reckless president in American history” and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

Their concerns were not limited to national security. They also noted that “He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.” They observed that “a president ... must encourage consideration of conflicting views, … be disciplined, control emotion, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation.”

Sure enough. It’s taken less than three weeks to affirm every one of their concerns—and more.

David Korten wrote this article for YES! Magazine as part of his new series of biweekly columns on “A Living Earth Economy. David is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. His work builds on lessons from the 21 years he and his wife, Fran, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a quest to end global poverty

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 6: In Stripping Away Our Hope, Maybe Trump Has Done Us a Favor

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  • The outcome of this election is a wake-up call to action. Now that we know our elected leaders will not save us, let’s get to work.
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David Korten, Yes! Magazine 

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http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/in-stripping-away-our-hope-maybe-trump-has-done-us-a-favor-20161130/trump-action.gif/imageNov 30, 2016 | Prince Ea, rapper and spoken-word artist and social justice advocate, has a soliloquy on YouTube with a surprising title: Why I'm Happy Trump Won. How could he think that, as he has passionately called for recognizing the dignity in all people? He’s happy, he says, because he sees this election result as a wake-up call. It forces us to recognize the sickness of our society and “that we cannot legislate our way out of human problems, nor can we truly change the world by changing the rulers.”

 

I remember hoping a Clinton-Gore administration would lead to a system transformation back in 1992. I had the same hope for the Obama administration in 2008.

 

But it’s now clear that leadership for the needed system change will not come from within the existing corporate-dominated political system. It must come from We the People, claiming and exercising our sovereign right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

David Korten wrote this article for YES! Magazine as part of his new series of biweekly columns on A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. His work builds on lessons from the 21 years he and his wife, Fran, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a quest to end global poverty

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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now.

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It is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.

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January 1, 2017 | On health care as in so many other areas, the best defense is a good offense. Even if you believe that so-called Obamacare is a swell thing, even if all you are interested in doing is defending it, the best way to do that is to go on offense and demand something better, which is Medicare for All. 

The Republican agenda is not just to disable the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA). They want to privatize Medicare, that is, to cut profit taking middlemen in on the action, and to gut Medicaid. God forbid that the health of our disadvantaged fellow citizens should be in the national interest of the health of all of us. This is now epidemics start. 

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 5: Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option

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  • Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
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David Korten, Yes! Magazine

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http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/capitalism-or-socialism-theres-an-even-better-option-20160406/capitalism_socialism_650.gif/imageApr 06, 2016, 2016 | Politics and polling data reveal a remarkable shift in American attitudes toward socialism. More Democrats now view socialism favorably (42 percent) than unfavorably (34 percent). Among young adults, socialism does even better with a 43 percent favorable view vs. only 26 percent unfavorable. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, has surprised the establishment with the strength of his campaign. He is especially popular among Millennials, the generation positioned to define America’s future.

So is the United States turning to socialism?

David Korten wrote this article for YES! Magazine as part of his new series of biweekly columns on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. His work builds on lessons from the 21 years he and his wife, Fran, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a quest to end global poverty

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