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Earth is Warning Us We Must Change. Will We Listen?

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, July 30, 2020)

Our present course puts humans on track to be among the species that expire in Earth’s ongoing sixth mass extinction. In my conversations with thoughtful people, I am finding increasing acceptance of this horrific premise.

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with climate change, drives home […]

2020-07-30T16:34:17-07:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Empire, Living Earth, System Transformation, YES! Column|

From Emergency to Emergence

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, April 23, 2020)

The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can […]

Why Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-up Call

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, March 18, 2020)

The rapid spread of novel coronavirus has prompted government, business, and civil society to take dramatic action—canceling events large and small, restricting travel, and shutting down major segments of the economy on which nearly all of us depend. It is […]

2020-03-24T12:53:37-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Globalization, Politics, System Transformation, YES! Column|

A Better World Needs Better Economics

The imperative to act to create a better world comes with an unprecedented opportunity to envision and create a world in which every person matters and has an opportunity for a dignified and satisfying life.

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, March 12, 2020)

Science warns us that the 2020s […]

2020-03-12T14:35:28-07:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: New Economics, YES! Column|

A Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

We are now awakening to the responsibilities that come with our distinctive ability to consciously create our future.

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, January 21, 2020)

In 1962, Rachael Carson warned us, with the publication of Silent Spring, that the indiscriminate use of pesticides was disrupting critical ecosystems and causing […]

2020-01-23T13:30:12-08:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Climate Change, Living Earth, Living Economies, Science, YES! Column|

You Can’t Put Capitalism Over Sustainability – and Other Lessons From China

Humanity’s existential crisis can be resolved only when we the people stand united behind a vision of the world we truly want. 

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, August 19, 2019)

I just returned from a conference of influential decision-makers in China, where I presented on economics for an ecological […]

2019-08-21T13:50:03-07:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Capitalism, China, Politics, YES! Column|

The Green New Deal’s Opponents Are Stuck in the Past

Socialist baiting of the last century won’t work against the new generation of political leaders.

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, posted Feb 27, 2019)

This month the Green New Deal was introduced in the U.S. Congress with much fanfare, and its opponents quickly mobilized.

The resolution is more than a set of specific legislative proposals. […]

2019-04-01T11:17:31-07:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Politics, YES! Column|

Capitalism vs. Socialism Is a False Choice

We need true democracy if we’re to halt the slide into self-extinction.

(Commentary originally published by YES! Magazine, posted Feb 7, 2019)
This is part two of a two-part series. See part one here.

Economic power is—and always has been—the foundation of political power. Those who control the peoples’ means of living rule.

In a […]

2019-02-09T15:05:46-08:00February 9th, 2019|Categories: Capitalism, Democracy, Plutocracy, Politics, YES! Column|