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By Robert Hunziker / 14 May 2019
Direct democracy works like a charm. Check out Venezuela’s Communes…. Venezuela’s ubiquitous Communes are proof that direct democracy works. And, interestingly enough, those same Communes are powerful buffers to attempted coups, protecting the sanctity of direct democracy in their country. In all likelihood, John Bolton and Trump and Pence and Pompeo and Rubio were shocked beyond recognition by the failed coup attempt they helped orchestrate to overpower a democratically elected government... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 14 May 2019
America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: “A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the West by three weeks, which qualifies as one of the biggest transport revolutions since cargo planes first crossed the Atlantic in the early 20thcentury.... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 06 May 2019
Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which single-handedly ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today.  A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page study by the world’s leading scientists that spells out in detail the results of a massive study of the world’s ecosystems.  The conclusion: Nature is in “steep decline.” ... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 01 May 2019
The world is in the throes of an extinction crisis unlike any throughout paleoclimate history: the Sixth Mass Extinction, keeping in mind that the normal “background rate” for extinction is 1
 to 5 species gone per year. But, what if it’s five every 24 hours?  Answer: It’s a lot more than that. The current worldwide extinction rate is more than 1,000 times the normal background rate, or, in the simplest of terms, instead of 1 to 5 species extinct per year, it’s alarmingly somewhere... Read more

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By Promise Li / 06 August 2019
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By Rachel Smolker and Anne Petermann / 06 August 2019
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By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume / 05 August 2019
Throughout history, human civilization has been cursed by tyranny. Time and again, power is concentrated in institutions that rule by coercion and force. Humans have suffered through totalitarianism, dictatorships, and fascism repeatedly. Untold suffering and death have occurred. But such times have always been marked by resistance. Courageous individuals and movements have fought back with a... Read more
By Joshua Specht / 04 August 2019
Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness. Meatpacking lines, pioneered in the 1860s in Cincinnati’s pork packinghouses, were the first modern production lines. The meatpacking mogul Jonathan Ogden Armour could not abide socialist agitators. It was 1906, and Upton Sinclair had just published The Jungle, an... Read more

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