Can Charity Save Journalism From Market Failure?

Can Charity Save Journalism From Market Failure?A foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam recently announced it’s giving US$100 million to investigative news outlets and other initiatives, a rare boon for media institutions under duress.

How To Use Building Blocks Towards Our Global Future

How To Use Building Blocks Towards Our Global FutureWe have a choice. We can futilely try to protect ourselves and our families behind high walls, electric gates, etc., and turn a blind eye toward chronic human rights violations and an economic globalization that is not accountable to anyone. Or we can join with people and organizations from all the world's nations to lay the foundations for...

Does Custom Political News Hurt Democracy?

Does Custom Political News Hurt Democracy?Customizing political news online to filter out what doesn’t align with your beliefs may have real-world negative effects on democracy.

Why Leaders Lying Is Just Pandering To Their Followers

Why Leaders Lying Is Just Pandering To Their FollowersWe have been told we now live in a post-truth era. The author and academic Ralph Keyes has described it as a time when we do not have just lies and truths, but also “statements that may not be true but we consider too benign to call false”.

How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into Reality

How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into RealityWhen I was ten years old and attending an elementary school called Mountainview School, my mother decided to have a little chat with my school director about the lack of trees on the school property. She argued that although the view of the mountain was lovely, the boring grassy lawn was not.

How To Understand The Language Of Political Populism

How To Understand The Language Of Political PopulismIn a TV debate to mark the official start of the French presidential election campaign, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen was accused of “twisting the truth” by her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron.

How Ayn Rand's Elitism Lives On

How Ayn Rand's Elitism Lives OnTrump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” is his favorite book.

Signs of Revolution in a Not Yet Great America

Signs of Revolution in a Not Yet Great AmericaSince the president sees himself foremost as a negotiator, perhaps it’s time for a negotiated revolution. Not to break us apart, but to bring us together.

Can Facebook and Silicon Valley's Autocrats Save Democracy?

Can Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley's Autocrats Save Democracy?Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an essay that laid out the social network’s vision for the coming years. He outlined five domains where Facebook intended to “develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.”

Can We Find Answers to "Unknowable" or "Impossible" Dilemmas?

03 23 finding answersRigidity in our beliefs and behaviors is the greatest threat to our own survival and the survival of all that we've come to love in civilization. Ultimately, the question we have to ask is if our systems of politics and economy are flexible enough to become sustainable...

Why We Need A New Kind Of Popular Politics

Why We Need A New Kind Of Popular Politics

If the rising sense of alienation from the political process is to be reversed in the long term, it will require more than a quick dose of populist rhetoric or tinkering with the way politics is organized.

Waging War on the Truth Tellers

Waging War on the Truth TellersTrump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the  institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like.

Can Government Really Save Money By Privatizing Government Functions?

Can Government Really Save Money By Privatizing Government Functions?Donald Trump seems to think so. During his campaign for president, Trump returned again and again to his supposed success as a businessman and promised government programs “under budget and ahead of schedule.”

The Great Law of Peace and the Council of the Clan Mothers

The Great Law of Peace and the Council of the Clan Mothers The Iroquois tell of a Peacemaker prophet who walked the lands many years ago trying to convince the warring nations to give up their blood feud ways. The first Clan Mother convinced her people to listen to the prophetic words, and they established the Great Law of Peace.

What Would Mark Twain Think Of This President?

What Would Mark Twain Think Of This President?Thanks to the criticisms they’ve leveled in articles, interviews, tweets and letters to the editor, we know that many contemporary authors, from Philip Roth to J.K. Rowling, have a dim view of Donald J. Trump. The Conversation

Can Governments Resist The Power Of Behavioral Science's Dark Side?

Can Governments Resist The Power Of Behavioral Science's Dark Side?More than two dozen governments, including the U.S., now have a team of behavioral scientists tasked with trying to improve bureaucratic efficiency to “nudge” their citizens toward what they deem to be higher levels of well-being.

How Liberal Social Media Stars Are Fighting Back

How Liberal Social Media Stars Are Fighting BackIn the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. elections, numerous accounts surfaced of nefarious content creators profiting by posting fake content on social media.

How The Guerrilla Archivists Are Saving History

How The Guerrilla Archivists Are Saving HistoryOn Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north side of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, against a backdrop of pelting rain.

Creating Communities Together with Radical Love

Why We Need Radical Love To Create ChangeSince coming out as queer at 45, I've been coming to understand what that means. “Queer” is a reclaimed word that aims to reject oppressive cultural formations of sex and gender identity. But to me it also means a new perspective on radical love.

How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State

How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist StateInstead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over. The key to avoiding fascism? An organized left with a strong vision and broad support.

Why This Dutch City Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

Why This Dutch City Offered Refugees a Permanent HomeWhen 500 refugees arrived in their community, residents of Zaandam were wary. But by the time the newcomers could apply for residency status in Europe, neighbors didn’t want them to leave.

What Is The New Administration's Border Plan For Canada?

What Is The New Administration's Border Plan For Canada?President Donald Trump has said little about the world’s longest undefended border – the one between the U.S. and Canada.

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community OrganizationCommunity groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit.

Rethinking The Relevance Of George Orwell’s 1984

Rethinking The Relevance Of George Orwell’s 1984In a strange but revealing way, popular culture and politics intersected soon after Donald Trump first assumed the presidency of the United States: George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, surged as the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon both in the United States and Canada.

How Brazil's Far Right Became A Dominant Political Force

How Brazil's Far Right Became A Dominant Political ForceRecent reports indicate that far-right groups from the Ukraine have come to Brazil to recruit neo-Nazis to fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western readers reacted with shock and fascination

How The US Presidency Became The Greatest Reality TV Show On Earth

How The US Presidency Became The Greatest Reality TV Show On EarthDonald Trump’s inauguration as US president will go down as one of the great spectacles of our age. While protesters have been venting their anger, his supporters have been cheering his victory.

How Progressives Can Still Make Change In The Political Climate

How Progressives Can Still Make Change In The Political ClimateDonald Trump, in his quest to “make America great again,” is poised to put in place many regressive policies that are fundamentally at odds with what are generally considered progressive values such as transparency, inclusiveness, equity, fairness and dignity for all

I Have A Dream (text & video)

I have a dream speech and video

The I Have A Dream speech is the crown jewel of the 20th century. Given before 250,000 souls on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it  is called the defining moment of the US Civil Rights movement. It is the speech by which all other great speeches must be measured. Its haunting rhythm towards the end of the speech has an almost musical sound and feel.

What Shaped Martin Luther King's Prophetic Vision?

freedom for oppressed 1 16The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - The Four Freedoms Speech

fdr 4 freedoms 1 16Roosevelt delivered this speech to Congress as a "State Of The Union" 11 months before the United States entered World War II. Memorably, in the second half of the speech, FDR lists the benefits of democracy. He lists these as Freedom Of Speech, Freedom Of Worship, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear. The first two freedoms are guaranteed by the US Constitution and the last two are still in controversy to this day.

The Dangerous Normalization of Donald Trump

The Dangerous Normalization of Donald TrumpAmericans are living through the dangerous effort to normalize the abnormal candidate who won the presidency with a record popular vote deficit of nearly 3 million ballots.

2016 Was The Year The Establishment Met Its Match

2016 Was The Year The Establishment Met Its MatchIf we didn’t realize that 2016 was the year of upheaval before November 8, we certainly do now. Brexit, which seemed hard enough to digest, was merely the amuse bouche prior to the red meat of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

3 Ways Corporations Use NGOs To Influence Lawmakers

3 Ways Corporations Use NGOs To Influence LawmakersAn outdated legal structure at international organizations such as the United Nations has made it possible for corporate entities to infiltrate non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

10 Things to Prepare For A President Trump

10 Things to Prepare For A President TrumpMany Americans would not be surprised if on Jan. 20 Vladimir Putin administers the oath of office to Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan youth choir regales the inaugural crowd with a stirring rendition of “Dixie,

Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson

Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson"For many years, public-spirited citizens throughout the country have been working for the conservation of the natural resources, realizing their vital importance to the nation."

Why Small Changes From Activism Matter

Why Small Changes From Activism MatterIn 2013, an online petition persuaded a national organization representing high school coaches to develop materials to educate coaches about sexual assault and how they could help reduce assaults by their athletes

Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save Democracy

Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save DemocracyMany Americans remain in shock and outrage, unable to grasp how a man who told bald-faced lies, who ridiculed and defamed others, and who boasted of sexual assault could yet ascend to the presidency of the United States.

Fueling a New Collective Story by Putting Love into the Matrix

Putting Love into the Matrix: Fueling a New Collective StoryWe worry about the condition of the world we will leave to our children, while our children worry about how they will clean up the messes we will leave behind. Increasingly, people all over the globe are coming to the conclu­sion that we must make radical changes...

Why The Media Is Democracy’s Essential Reform

Why The Media Is Democracy’s Essential ReformBy now, even those who retained slight hope after the election that maybe things wouldn’t be so bad after all have shed their blinders and come to understand that we’re in for the worst of times.

The Creepiest Creeping Tyranny

he Creepiest Creeping TyrannyOn the evening of December 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Trump on CNN for falsely promising to keep Carrier jobs in the U.S., Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers.

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the MediaDemocracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

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