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The Financialization of Nature; Or, Neoliberal Environmentalism at Work

The financialization of nature is the process of replacing environmental regulation with markets. In order to bring nature under the control of markets, the planet’s natural resources need to be made into commodities that can be bought and sold for a profit. It is a means of transferring the stewardship of our common resources to private business interests.
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What Would an “Eco-Socialist” Politics Look Like?

Thoughts on The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Richard York

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Environmental Movement's "Ultimate Insider" Denounces Bankruptcy of U.S. Capitalism

One of the most respected political insiders in the U.S. environmental movement has declared the bankruptcy of “America’s ruthless brand of capitalism.”

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2013: Meeting the Challenges Ahead

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For those puzzled by the whole federal budget debacle, here’s a simple primer on the steps our so-called leaders in corporate America and Washington, D.C. followed to get us here:

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Hero of the Democratic Left: A. Philip Randolph

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Before Martin Luther King, Jr., there was A. Philip Randolph. Without A. Philip Randolph, no Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Feminine Mystique at 50

The Feminine Mystique was written 50 years ago. If you surf the internet, you’ll find plenty of articles expounding on this anniversary. Over the years, there have been a lot of opinions written about the book and its author, Betty Friedan. This year, of course, there are even more opinions, but all of them note that, as Real Clear Politics, says, “[The Feminine Mystique is a] book both hailed and reviled for launching the modern revolution in women’s roles.”

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Abysmal March Jobs Report Demonstrates the Need for a Federal Living Wage Jobs Program to End the Lesser Depression

The March jobs report underscores the weakness of the economy's crawl out of the depths of the "Lesser Depression" (LD), once again demonstrating that relying on private sector growth, even with massive and unprecedented Fed blowing up of a renewed financial sector and stock market bubble, is not going to set the U.S. economy on a path to broad-based and sustainable prosperity, as the Chicago Political Economics Group (CPEG) has been saying for many years (see: http://www.cpegonline.org/reports/jobs.pdf).

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A Working Class View of Immigration Reform

We need an immigration policy based on human, civil and labor rights, which looks at the reasons why people come to the U.S. and how we can end the criminalization of their status and work.bacon11.jpg

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