Can We Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic?

https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1180594952046137345 by Matt Stoller edited by O Society May 20, 2020 Today I’m going to list four examples of how the pandemic is enabling consolidation, and then observe why control of corporate assets fundamentally is a question of whether we live in a democratic society or an authoritarian one. Competing Narratives Around Monopolization Today I … Continue reading Can We Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic?

A handful of rich white men rule America. How much longer will we tolerate this?

Minority rule is a feature of American democracy. These days, however, it is getting worse... by Nathan Robinson Guardian edited by O Society May 24, 2019 The core democratic principle is people should have a meaningful say in political decisions that affect their lives. In Alabama, we’ve just seen what the opposite of democracy looks … Continue reading A handful of rich white men rule America. How much longer will we tolerate this?

Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

If there were a tagline for today’s populist moment, it would probably be something like, “It’s not the economy, stupid.” by Shadi Hamid American Affairs Winter 2018  Economic factors matter, but they are far from decisive in understanding why populists, especially right-wing populists, have solidified their position as the second largest or even largest parties in many Western democracies. … Continue reading Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

10 Steps to Save American Democracy

https://youtu.be/3OUbWJrbzog by Robert Reich Dec 22, 2018 Trump isn’t the only problem. As Big Money floods our political system, and some in power are intent on making it harder for certain people to vote, we need a movement to save our democracy. Here are 10 steps: Number 1: Make voter registration automatic for all eligible voters, … Continue reading 10 Steps to Save American Democracy

The Trump era won’t last forever, but we must do our part to end it.

I see the rage all around me, but painful emotions can coexist with activism – and millions of Americans are stepping up. by Rebecca Solnit Guardian I keep the newspaper clipping inside a Milan Kundera novel: it shows demonstrators in Prague in 1989, one of them carrying a badly chipped bust of Stalin around whose neck … Continue reading The Trump era won’t last forever, but we must do our part to end it.

Toward The Wiki Society

  by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Dec 20, 2018 Wikipedia is now so good that we don’t tend to think about how good it is. It’s just there, and it feels as if it’s always been there. “Oh yes, the vast free repository of human knowledge, what about it?” But Wikipedia is remarkable. Astonishing, really. … Continue reading Toward The Wiki Society

What is Populism?

  DECEMBER 21, 2018 Two Populisms, Not One by PAUL STREET Left v. Right Populism Two very different “populisms” arisen in response to neoliberal capitalism in the West. A left-leaning social-democratic “progressive populism”targets the capitalist concentration of wealth and power and the unbridled pursuit of private profit as enemies of the people and the common good.  This … Continue reading What is Populism?