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Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction

Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next.

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, Nov 1, 2018)

When I ask an audience, “Who believes we are on a path to self-extinction?” nearly every hand goes […]

2018-11-01T13:28:04+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Earth Balance, Ecological Civilization, YES! Column|

Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?

Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being.

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on July 23, 2018.)

We the people of the United States find ourselves in a political crisis and resurgent tribalism that pits left against right, hard-left against moderate-left, and extreme-right against everyone […]

2018-07-23T16:55:04+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Corporate Rule, Politics, YES! Column|

Three Questions to Lead Us Away from Self-Extinction

Transformation begins with clarity on the nature of the choice that confronts our species. 

Some ideas hit us in a way that is hard to shake. Last year that happened to me. I was in a public conversation with my friend and colleague, theologian Matthew Fox, when he made this observation: “Humans might be the first […]

2018-07-05T14:19:35+00:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Cultural Shift, Earth Community, System Transformation, YES! Column|

Here We Go Again: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Won’t Fix Anything

Current trade agreements are great at creating more billionaires, not so much at protecting the interests of workers. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 13, 2018.)

On Thursday, President Trump flipped his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, suggesting the U.S. might want to rejoin the pact. His announcement […]

2018-04-17T12:07:49+00:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: Global Economy, Trade, YES! Column|

Taking MLK’s Message Global

The civil rights icon saw economic issues to be intertwined with racial justice. Today’s globalized economy makes justice that much harder to achieve. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 6, 2018)

On April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He […]

2018-04-06T18:20:04+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Global Economy, Justice, YES! Column|

Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea – If They’re About Well-Being of People, Not Corporations

Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on March 19, 2018.)

Those who pay attention to trade and economics saw President Trump’s imposition of new tariffs—25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum—as just […]

2018-03-19T14:40:54+00:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Corporate Rule, Trade, YES! Column|

Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street

Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on February 20, 2018.)

Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor, recently set the financial world abuzz with a 

2018-02-21T17:19:42+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Community, Corporate Rule, Global Economy, Wall Street, YES! Column|

When Economic Growth Indicates Failure

For the well-being of most everyone – including the rich – equality is more important than growth. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine, January 19, 2018)

Nothing can be duller than listening to an economist or other policy expert pontificate endlessly on such metrics as gross domestic product, stock market prices, employment, […]

2018-05-03T03:59:10+00:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: Inequality, YES! Column|
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