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Interview: Ed Whitfield of Fund 4 Democratic Communities

Interview: Ed Whitfield of Fund 4 Democratic Communities
Democracy Collaborative researcher Steve Dubbs interviewed Ed Whitfield, the co-managing director of Fund for Democratic Communities,  a private foundation that aims to promote economic democracy and cooperative economics in the U.S. South. Originally published in Community-Wealth.org ... Read more

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.
A new model of energy is being developed — democratized energy. By relocating control and ownership from the utilities to their customers, John Farrell of the Institute for Self-Reliance, argues: Utility 3.0 allows communities to take advantage of the economic as well as the environmental ... Read more

Could Global Tide Be Starting To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?

Could Global Tide Be Starting  To Turn Against Fossil Fuels?
From an oil chill in the financial world to the recent U.S.-China agreement on climate change, recent developments are raising a question that might once have been considered unthinkable: Could this be the beginning of a long, steady decline for the oil and coal industries? Alarm bells ... Read more

How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy

How Cuba Is Using Cooperatives to Decentralize Its Economy
Worker cooperatives are nothing new in Cuba. Agricultural coops, which are responsible for 70 percent of the country’s farmed land, are a key part of the state’s subsidized food system. Until recently, however, worker coops were not found in other sectors of the economy. But in 2011, ... Read more

How the Great Food War Will Be Won

How the Great Food War Will Be Won
There is no global or regional shortage of food. There never has been and nor is there ever likely to be. India has a superabundance of food. South America is swamped in food. The US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are swamped in food (e.g. Billen et al 2011). In Britain, like in many wealthy countries, ... Read more

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly
The 21st century electricity system is radically different. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so that every ... Read more

Report: Fundamentally Unfair Tax System In Every State

Report: Fundamentally Unfair Tax System In Every State
A review of all 50 state tax systems finds: Virtually every state tax system is fundamentally unfair, taking a much greater share of income from low- and middle-income families than from wealthy families; The lower one’s income, the higher one’s overall effective state and local tax rate; In ... Read more

Solidarity, PA

Solidarity, PA
The first thing you notice about Reading, Pennsylvania, the small city that lies an hour and a half north of Philadelphia, is its many parks and muscular civic buildings. Mount Penn anchors the east of the city with a steeply landscaped park and a historic district of graceful homes. The Blue Mountains rise in the distance. By ... Read more

Disastrous Fast Track Trade Authority Must be Stopped Now!

Disastrous Fast Track Trade Authority Must be Stopped Now!
As this session of Congress gets underway, the president and corporatists in Congress are pushing to pass Fast Track as soon as possible. Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority as it is also called, would be a massive grant of power to the president to make and sign any trade agreement ... Read more