Living Earth Economy Column

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Living Earth Economy Column 2017-07-07T16:33:51+00:00

I’m writing a bi-weekly column for YES! Magazine, sharing my views on various topics that make the headlines, within the context of the “Living Earth Economy” frame. We repost them here, with permission (newest first).

A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now, Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses? 
Our system of law has the rights issue exactly backward. But humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights.
July 7, 2017

We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
June 14, 2017

Mayor’s Unflinching Honesty About Confederate Monuments Gives Me Hope
In explaining why his city got rid of monuments to Confederate generals, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu eloquently summarizes our country’s history of diversity.
May 26, 2017

Yes, We Can Choose Good Globalization
The integration of knowledge, science, hospitality, and travel can have huge benefits for human connections and peace.
May 17, 2017

Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut
This is the real-world economy for a living Earth that we must learn to structure and manage to provide a safe space for humanity.
May 3, 2017

Let’s Help Trump Keep His Promises
Has Trump served us all in breaking things open? Only if we use the moment for serious rethinking of policy.
April 19, 2017

No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
April 5, 2017

The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System – And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
Giving back requires humility. It will be a true test of learning new skills.
March 22, 2017

The Refugee Crisis Is a Sign of a Planet in Trouble
We must shift the structures of society to ensure the Earth remains healthy and everyone has access to a decent livelihood.
March 8, 2017

For Automation to Benefit Society, It Must Serve Humans, Not Replace Them
We face the prospect of an economy with little need for humans. Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love, and human purpose.
Feb 22, 2017

Trump’s Coup Attempt Requires Us to Rise Above Position and Party
In the chaos of Trump’s first three weeks in office, we can see a frighteningly coherent agenda—and a national and global emergency.
Feb 8, 2017

Take Notice, Trump: We Are Not Protesters – We Are Protectors
When we call ourselves protectors, we cast our role as fulfilling our responsibility to the community that sustains us—not for our personal benefit, but for the benefit of all.
Jan 25, 2017

Something Better to Offer Trump Voters Tired of Waiting for Their Turn
A world free of extremes of wealth and poverty in which no one needs to stand in line for a chance at a secure and fulfilling life.
Jan 11, 2017

Trump Extremisms May Help Us Expose Great Growth Con
The Great Growth Con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike.
Dec 28, 2016

Trump Played to Anger, But We Don’t Have to Fall for Divide and Conquer
We’ve been pitted against each other for too long. Now is the time to come together to fix our corrupt political systems.
Dec 14, 2016

In Stripping Away Our Hope, Maybe Trump Has Done Us a Favor
The outcome of this election is a wake-up call to action. Now that we know our elected leaders will not save us, let’s get to work.
Nov 30, 2016

How Trump Could Hand China the Lead in Challenging Corporate Greed
China and the U.S. are poised as the dominant players. Will they compete or cooperate? (Part IV of four in a series on ending corporate rule.)
Nov 16, 2016

Forget More Regulation – Make Corporations Serve the Public Interest
The purely private-purpose corporation is an illegitimate entity. This is the elephant in the room that no politician dare mention. (Part III in a series on ending corporate rule.)
Nov 2, 2016

We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty. (Part II in a series on ending corporate rule.)
October 19, 2016

The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe. (Part I in a series on ending corporate rule.)
Oct 5, 2016

Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine
A military response to violence creates more violence. For real security, we need to stop climate change and work toward shared prosperity.
Sept 21, 2016

Can Zoos Teach Us to Be Better Humans?
If we can recognize our destruction of other animals’ habitats, perhaps we can recognize our destruction of all the living systems on which we depend.
Sept 7, 2016

Maybe the Gig Economy Doesn’t Have to Mean Oppressed Workers
Has gig work helped you build community or left you isolated and vulnerable?
Aug 24, 2016

How to Break the Power of Money
We can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.
Aug 10, 2016

This Presidential Race Is a Clear Choice: Fight, Flight, or Fellowship
Will we respond to Trump’s appeal to the reptilian brain or choose Clinton’s call to our higher nature?
Jul 27, 2016

“Free” Trade? Fraud Alert
The deceptive branding behind corporatists’ preference for the term “free trade” over simply “trade.”
Jul 13, 2016

One Hopeful Thing About the Brexit Electoral Rebellion
Maybe now we can renegotiate the corporate boundaries and interests that overtook those of communities.
Jun 29, 2016

I’m Sticking With Sanders – and Voting for Clinton
Bernie Sanders has the best policies. But Hillary Clinton has the chops to advance a progressive agenda—if we make her.
Jun 15, 2016

What If Trade Agreements Helped People, Not Corporations?
Current trade agreements have been of, by, and for transnational corporations. Growing opposition gives us the opportunity to change that in our next-generation agreements.
Jun 1, 2016

With More Americans Going Far Left (and Right), an Anti-Corporate Agenda Takes Shape
Voters hit hardest by free-trade economics are rebelling against the status quo. We can use that energy to build a powerful, grassroots movement for democracy.
May 18, 2016

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing – And Just Grow Up
“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.
May 4, 2016

This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back
Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.
April 20, 2016

We Can Have a Living Earth Economy, But It Won’t Be Easy
Humanity has been acting like a willful child, demanding everything and leaving messes everywhere. It is time for our species to take the step to maturity, to acknowledge that care and cooperation are key to happiness—and even survival. (This is the introduction to David’s Living Earth Economy Column.)
Apr 19, 2016

Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option
Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren’t afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
Apr 6, 2016