10 Tips for a Zero-Waste Household

By Bea Johnson YES! Magazine, September  18, 2011 A few years ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted a better world for our two boys, now 10 and 11 years old. We embarked on a journey to do our part for the environment: My husband quit his job to join a sustainability start-up; I tackled the home. I ... Read more

Behind The Poverty Statistics: Real Lives, Real Pain

By Russell Contreras Associated Press At a food pantry in a Chicago suburb, a 38-year-old mother of two breaks into tears. She and her husband have been out of work for nearly two years. Their house and car are gone. So is their foothold in the middle class and, at times, their self-esteem. ... Read more

The Development of a Cooperative Economy in Practice

By Geminijen Anti-Capitalist Meetup, September 18, 2011 Separating Utopian Goals from Working Models. In Part 1 (DailyKos, AMC, Is a Non-exploitive Economy Based on Worker-Owned Cooperatives Possible,…, Sun Jul 24, 2011) we analyzed the dynamics of developing a ... Read more

Privatization Costs Taxpayers More Than Government Workers

By DANA LIEBELSON POGO, September 13, 2011 The U.S. government’s increasing reliance on contractors to do work traditionally done by federal employees is fueled by the belief that private industry can deliver services at a lower cost than in-house staff. But a first-of-its-kind ... Read more

U.S. Has Weakest Employment Protections Among OECD and BRICS

Middle Class Political Economist September 5, 2011 This is the first in a series of posts on the sorry state of American labor. International comparisons make this very clear. U.S. workers are more vulnerable than workers in any Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ... Read more

Old Energy Sources Destroy the Environment and Health

Wyoming’s smog exceeds Los Angeles’ due to gas drilling By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY, March 9, 2011 Mead Gruver, AP Rural Wyoming, known for breathtaking vistas, now has worse smog than Los Angeles because of its boom in natural gas drilling. Residents who live near the gas fields in ... Read more

Over 20 Million Americans are Sharing a Home With Others

More Americans ‘double up’ in tough economy By Mary Ellen Podmolik Chicago Tribune, September 14, 2011 There’s been talk of people sharing homes during the recession, and now the Census Bureau has released the data to prove it. This spring, there were 21.8 million ... Read more