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It’s Time for a Balanced Economy and People-Focused Government

April 13, 2016

As news and business reports are making clear, the rich have a huge (and growing) influence over both the economy and politics. In an animated GIF created by the Financial Times, the damage to working people is easy to see, and getting worse.   (Graph via Michael Hiltzik, of the LA Times) The Pew Research Center study on America’s middle class shows the 40 year trend: The biggest group used to be in the Middle Class, but now is the rich. Income is down for everyone, except for the rich. There is a growing number of people in poverty. In […]

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Remembering Who and What is most important

March 17, 2016

The American people have seen their economic hopes and hard work sucked up by the wealthy, and cast adrift by the Money-First focus of both Republican and Democratic leaders. But Americans know who is most important (People!) and what is most important (Shared prosperity). Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders each offer fragments of change: Sanders has his focus on flowing money back to people, while Trump uses and encourages anger against the system. The difference, for now, is that Trump is not unifying the people, but dividing them with racism and insults. There is no doubt that Americans are shifting […]

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New institutions for bringing about change

March 6, 2016

For economic and social change to happen there needs to be both a movement (that values shared prosperity and excites people) and institutions (that generate and encourage improvements). In the past the people-focused institution was labor unions. But with unions being squeezed out by the rich and global pressures to reduce wages, there needs to be another type of grass-roots institution that brings about change. Here’s a forward thinking article about changing our economy to have more worker-owned co-ops, community land trusts, and publicly-owned banks. Click here to read the article. Here is a link to the author’s books on […]

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Seeing global issues as important

January 12, 2016

The Good Country is a website for people who see global issues as important, and who are concerned with international co-operation and human progress. The Good Country Index has Ireland leading the way. Sweden is 6th, Canada is 12th, the US is 21st, and China is 107th. Here’s a TED talk by Simon Anholt, a link to the Good Country Index, and some FAQs about it.

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Here’s to real changes in quality of life

December 31, 2015

Here’s to a year of showing that people really matter, and for real changes in governments, businesses and personal attitudes to raise the quality of life for everyone.

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The brilliance of Trickle Down

October 15, 2015

Trickle Down was a brilliant tactic to let the rich have their way, build hope in regular folks, and to pretend that greed at the top would not overwhelm our world. But the fallacies of low-tax strategies are now clear, with reduced funds to repair roads, nationwide financial inequality effects, and unemployment.  We knew that greed exists, but we did not expect the levels of #ExtremeGreed that have shaped our world. Massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, combined with reducing the strength of labor, have siphoned away virtually all of the new wealth from working people. Similarly, corporate influence […]

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An opportunity to show the truth – that people matter

September 4, 2015

As refugees call out to us for help, those who control by fear and wealth fight to keep their way. People are more compassionate than we are sometimes allowed to show by our governments, so this humanitarian crisis is a challenge and an opportunity for us to show the truth: that people matter. Here’s a link to just one organization helping refugees: http://worldhelp.net/iraqi-syrian-refugee-relief/    

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Making a difference means doing things differently

August 30, 2015

Making a difference takes people doing things differently, including business leaders, politicians and us.

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Nature curbs excesses from within – why can’t our economy?

August 13, 2015

 Here are ways that nature functions to ensure that life grows and flourishes. There are many lessons for people in this list, for having a successful society, environment and economy. I wish our economy could do #8 (Nature curbs excesses from within) and cut the roots of ‪#‎extremegreed‬. Then there’d be more prosperity flowing, and we’d all have a better chance to blossom. Here is Janine Benyus’ TED talk on Biomimicry: http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action  

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An election is a good time to put people first

July 31, 2015

In Canada, we have a federal election this October. We are already seeing the two faces of the right-wing party that is currently in power. Between elections they reduce democracy and environmental efforts, by making life better for big corporations and more difficult for hard-working people. Then, during elections, they throw families a few bones, try to sound like they care, and make fun of an opposing leader’s hair. The current party has also cynically and ruthlessly called an early start to the election, knowing their business-friendly advertising coffers are more full than the other two parties. If this plays […]

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