Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing - Rolling Stone
Policy to address "predatory delay"
The planetary futurist Alex Steffen calls this tactic "predatory delay, the deliberate slowing of needed change to prolong a profitable but unsustainable status quo that will be paid by other people eventually." It's not confined to the moneybags at the oil companies and the utilities – he's written extensively about the otherwise-liberal urbanites in his home state of California. "A lot of cities are happy to talk about providing their power cleanly, but reducing cars, densifying, spending on bike paths, raising building standards – those things are all so contentious they're not even discussed." Ditto the folks who block windmills out of fear of chopping birds, thus helping lock in the next great mass extinction.
6 days ago
Millennials Want a Third Political Party, Poll Shows | National News | US News
By affiliation, independents and Democratic or Democratic-leaning millennials were more likely to think a third party is needed at roughly 75 percent each, while 67 percent of Republicans or Republican leaners agreed.
7 days ago
Why America Is Stuck With Only Two Parties | New Republic
Thus, there were very few barriers to entry: Candidates didn’t have to petition to appear on a ballot, and new parties were free to endorse candidates from the more major parties, so their nominees ran less risk of being labeled spoilers. Essentially, parties could contest for power just as soon as they had backers and supporters.
18 days ago
Priced out no more: how a London community defied gentrification | New Internationalist
Community Land Trusts, or CLTs, are a radical form of community housing whereby the community acquires land (usually from the local authority), and then offers homes at genuinely affordable long-term leases, linked to median local salaries rather than market value.
american_socialism  housing 
22 days ago
ICE has struck a deal to track license plates across the US - The Verge
It started with poor people. The 21st century had proven that digital surveillance would be prototyped on America's undefined lowest caste. The policy came for the middle class once the algorithmic inquiries were well trained.
25 days ago
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech | WIRED
policy around dissemination of information--working group perhaps?
american_socialism  democracy 
25 days ago
Big tech is built on predatory pricing. Why aren’t we talking about it?
Policy on regulating multiple business lines to prop each other up

Instead a look at these numbers suggests that he’s using AWS to try and fund monopolisation of an e-commerce company.

Here’s the thing: that’s a practice which is largely illegal. It’s called predatory pricing and companies do it to try and create artificial markets.
25 days ago
Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
Thanks to the U.S. government’s laissez-faire approach to regulation, the internet platforms were able to pursue business strategies that would not have been allowed in prior decades. No one stopped them from using free products to centralize the internet and then replace its core functions. No one stopped them from siphoning off the profits of content creators. No one stopped them from gathering data on every aspect of every user’s internet life. No one stopped them from amassing market share not seen since the days of Standard Oil. No one stopped them from running massive social and psychological experiments on their users. No one demanded that they police their platforms. It has been a sweet deal.
american_socialism  tech 
28 days ago
America, They’re Stealing Your Wages – Civic Skunk Works
As Nick Hanauer explained in 2015, stock buybacks are one of the biggest levers through which the top one percent keeps money out of the hands of working Americans. By repurchasing huge swaths of stock from shareholders, he argued, corporations ensure that “trillions of dollars of windfall profits are being sucked out of the real economy and into a paper asset bubble, inflating share prices while producing nothing of tangible value.”
29 days ago
American Democracy Is an Easy Target – Foreign Policy
Instead of looking to punish attackers, policymakers need to start thinking about strengthening the system of democracy itself.

In America, more than in most other Western countries, there is a basic failure of democratic knowledge. In a well-functioning democracy, citizens agree broadly on facts and have some trust in the democratic system, allowing democracy to harness different perspectives and put them to good use. In America, in contrast, distrust and profound disagreements over facts have led to a kind of crisis of democratic knowledge that leaves democracy open to outside manipulation.

Over the last two decades, the common knowledge of American democracy has been undermined.
29 days ago
Reimagine, Don't Seize, the Means of Production
Current examples of the DGML approach include WikiHouse, a nonprofit foundation sharing templates for modular housing; OpenBionics, creating three-dimensional printed medical prosthetics which cost a fraction (0.1 to 1 percent) of the price of standard prosthetics; L'Atelier Paysan, an open source cooperative fostering technological sovereignty for small- and medium-scale ecological agriculture; Farm Hack, a farmer-driven community network sharing open source know-how amongst do-it-yourself agricultural tech innovators; and Habibi.Works, an intercultural makerspace in northern Greece where Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees develop DGML projects in a communal atmosphere.
4 weeks ago
Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse. - The Washington Post
There are 78 million cars on the road with an embedded cyber connection, a feature that makes monitoring customers easier, according to ABI Research. By 2021, according to the technology research firm Gartner, 98 percent of new cars sold in the United States and in Europe will be connected, a feature that is being highlighted this week here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
4 weeks ago
Psychedelic Politics – Victoria's Secret tm – Medium
Under capitalism, it is rare that we experience complete ownership of anything, even a moment
life  policy_design 
4 weeks ago
Peter Temin: Economic Mobility Requires the Nearly Impossible - The Atlantic
He offers five proposals that he says might help the country return to more equal footing. Some are fairly clear levers that many before him have recommending pulling: expanding access to and improving public education (particularly early education), repairing infrastructure, investing less in programs like prisons that oppress poor minorities, and increasing funding for those that can help build social capital and increase economic mobility. But other suggestions of his are more ambitious and involve fundamentally changing the cultural beliefs that have been reinforced over generations. Temin advocates doing away with the belief that private agencies can act in the interest of all citizens in the way that public entities can, and should. His final recommendation is to address systemic racism by reviving the spirit of the Second Reconstruction of the 1960s and 1970s, when civil-rights legislation helped to desegregate schools and give black Americans more political and economic power.
6 weeks ago
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
Local initiatives are popular, effective and our best hope of preventing the country’s slide into “Mad Max”-style individualism.
9 weeks ago
Why Bureaucrats Don't Seem to Care - The Atlantic
If frontline work is soul-sucking, it is less because bureaucrats must mechanically apply rules than because they must shoulder, day in and day out, the weight of difficult discretionary decisions which most people have the luxury to ignore.
10 weeks ago
Working Class w/ No Living Wage: The Absurd Math of US Income
Everyone who built everything and provided every service — managers, janitors, lawyers, nurses, librarians, bartenders, and everyone else who had a job in 2016 — collectively earned about $7 trillion of the $18.7 trillion national paycheck.
10 weeks ago
nie Dinkins is an artist and professor at Stony Brook University interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence. Her art is exhibited internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues by design. She is the 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC, a cultural incubator supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology.​

Dinkins holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  She is also an alumna of the International Center of Photography, the Independent Studies Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Artist in the Marketplace Program of the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work is exhibited at a broad spectrum of public, private and institutional venues – including, Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Hungary; Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; Contemporary Art Museum Houston; Wave Hill, Stu
empathy_lab  refinery 
12 weeks ago
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