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By Ellen Brown / 01 January 2018
A UK study published on October 27, 2017 reported that the majority of politicians do not know where money comes from. According to City A.M. (London) : More than three-quarters of the MPs surveyed incorrectly believed that only the government has the ability to create new money. . . .The Bank of England has previously intervened to point out that most money in the UK begins as a bank loan. In a... Read more
By Kevin Buckland / 31 December 2017
The climate crisis is the ultimate symptom of the extractivist dynamic, and is an entirely new species of crisis that requires our movements to enact an entirely different logic — including entirely different values, morals, assumptions and strategies — if we are to confront it. Confronting climate change means confronting the system and the culture that has caused it, and providing a scalable... Read more
By Brian Tokar / 31 December 2017
The perspective of social ecology  allows us to see that fossil fuels have long been central to the capitalist mythos of perpetual growth. They have driven ever-increasing concentrations of capital in many economic sectors, and advanced both the regimentation and increasing precarity of human labor worldwide. In Fossil Capital, Andreas Malm explains in detail how early British industrialists... Read more
By Suzanne Gordon / 31 December 2017
In a now familiar pattern, leading veterans organizations are up in arms again over the latest revelations about White House plans for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)—plans that were concocted behind closed doors. Last week, the Associated Press reported that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and other Trump officials have been quietly discussing ways to shift veterans, now... Read more
By Brian Davey / 30 December 2017
The Labour Party in the UK, which has a good chance of taking political power at the next election, has been involved in a process of policy development which involves taking up ideas from the commons movement and is focused around the revival of and protection of commons. In one week I have now been to three public events commemorating the Charter of the Forest of 1217 – a companion volume to... Read more
By Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg / 28 December 2017
While businesses have been principal agents in increasing greenhouse gas emissions, they are also seen by many as crucial to tackling climate change. However, our research shows how corporations’ ambitious pro-climate proposals are systematically degraded by criticism from shareholders, media, governments, other corporations and managers. This “market critique” reveals the underlying tension... Read more
By Raúl Zibechi / 27 December 2017
Fourth, we note the affirmation of lowland Black and Indigenous peoples as front-line actors, but doing it their own way and in a manner that differs from that of the popular sectors. Black protagonism is visible above all in Colombia and Brazil. In both cases, organizations of African descent have been around for decades, but in the last decade they have come to the fore of... Read more

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