Tag Archives: Power

The Clippers, and other sports teams, should be publicly owned

The Clippers, and other sports teams, should be publicly owned
Sports in particular is an area where public ownership and democratization seem eminently reasonable to many Americans. Even Republican stalwart Newt Gingrich thinks the Clippers should be “sold to the people” and touts the example of the Green Bay Packers, an iconic football franchise owned directly by the community. Teams often receive a combination of tax breaks and subsidies to keep them from leaving to more welcoming cities. (Sterling ... Read more

McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power
If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy. Almost limitless political donations coupled with America’s dramatically widening inequality ... Read more

Exposing the Davos Class

Exposing the Davos Class
The Transnational Institute has released their third annual State of Power report. Combining a sophisticated analysis of how the principal power-brokers – the “Davos class” – have caused economic, social, and ecological upheaval worldwide. In addition to the essays linked below, they have included attractive, shareable infographics to help you get the word out. Focusing on the complexity of contemporary power relations and how they are ... Read more