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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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Noam Chomsky: The US Health System Is an "International Scandal" -- and ACA Repeal Will Make It Worse

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  • The prevailing situation reminds us of the words of John Dewey: "Power today resides in control of the means of production, exchange, publicity, transportation and communication. Whoever owns them rules the life of the country," even if democratic forms remain. "Until those institutions are in the hands of the public, he continued, politics will remain "the shadow cast on society by big business."
  • Related: Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout

http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Changes are coming to America's health care system. Not long from now, the Affordable Care Act could be history. President-elect Donald Trump wants to repeal so-called Obamacare, although he is now urging Republicans to repeal and replace it at the same time. But replace it with what?

The political culture of the most powerful nation in the world is such that it vehemently defends the right of people to buy guns but opposes the right to free and decent health care for all its citizens. In all likelihood, the Trump health care plan will be one based on "free market principles." Under such a plan, as Noam Chomsky notes in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows, poor people are likely to suffer most. In other words, the scandalous nature of the US health care system is bound to become even more scandalous in the Trump era. Welcome back to the future.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

C.J. Polychroniou is a political economist/political scientist who has taught and worked in universities and research centers in Europe and the United States. His main research interests are in European economic integration, globalization, the political economy of the United States and the deconstruction of neoliberalism's politico-economic project.

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Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage, Timothy Callaghan, Raw Story 

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  • As long as these facts remain, there is little reason to expect universal coverage in America anytime soon, regardless of who becomes president.
  • Related: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business

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Day Against Climate Denial

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The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn't be in the White House cabinet. It's up to the Senate to stop these nominations -- and up to us to show up in person to tell our Senators to fight Trump's Climate Denial Cabinet.

Kevin Whalen, MN350

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Amelia Kroeger.

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December 29, 2016 | On January 9th, people in all 50 states will send a message to every US Senator: reject Donald Trump's reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.

The Day Against Denial will fight back against some of Trump’s most dangerous cabinet picks:

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- Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
- Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
- Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
- Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior

Join us at the Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office.

Details, map and sign-up

MN350 is the Minnesota Division of 350.org, a grassroots climate campaign founded by Bill McKibben. 

 

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The Fix Editor's Picks | Holiday Sober Survival Guide

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The holidays are already a stressful, trying time without the pressures of staying clean and sober. We at The Fix want you to stay sane through all the family drama and peer pressure. Check out our holiday suggestions on how to answer questions about why you aren't drinking, quick strategies to deal with holiday triggers, what to do if you're brand new in recovery, and much more!

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Ask Katie // How Do I Not Be the Sober Buzzkill During the Holidays? By Katie MacBride

The chance of you changing the behavior of your 25 boisterously booze-loving family members is slim. You can, however, make these family events less challenging.

Too Much // 12 Tips for Coping with Sensory Overload During the Holidays By Olivia Pennelle

I have had meltdowns because of too much noise, or too many people talking at the same time. I don't like parties, crowds, or the demands of the holidays.

Survive !// How to Survive the Holidays When You're Newly Sober By Kiki Baxter

It's hard the first year, but I was so grateful to not be hungover. This year I might go to the dance. I haven't made any plans. But mainly, don't drink no matter what.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7a202b250a42effa1444455bc/images/833abf87-a656-40fe-b3e1-325d29b09b7d.jpgListed // 8 Ways to Stay Sober During the Holidays. Redux. By Amber Tozer

The season isn't over yet. Amber Tozer offers her own options for making it through to New Year's.

Sober Holidays // Home (Sober?) for the Holidays By Kerby Stewart and Chris Gates

Expert advice on avoiding the family meltdowns of Christmas Past.

Uunwound // Uncrazy Holidays By Kristen Rybandt

I'd decided to wean off an antidepressant just in time for a holiday meltdown and, in typical fashion, was going about it very quietly. This was a kamikaze move, though sure, I had my reasons.

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 4: Why the Economy Should Just Stop Growing … and Grow Up

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  • "How do we grow the economy?" is an obsolete question.
  • Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.
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David Korten, Yes! Magazine

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http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_ciencia2/conscioussociopol259_01_small.jpgMay 4, 2016 | Listen to the political candidates as they put forward their 'economic solutions.'

You will hear a well-established and rarely challenged narrative.

"We must grow the economy to produce jobs so people will have the money to grow their consumption, which will grow more jobs…"

Grow. Grow. Grow ... .

But children and adolescents grow. Adults mature...

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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