Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

One opportunity for positive change opened by the terrible crisis we are in with COVID-19 is that people are beginning to question some fundamental beliefs about how society works. There is a chance we can shatter some of the toxic narratives that justify, and lend support to, the brutal systems of inequality, racism, and environmental … Continue reading Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account

Ever since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, people all around the country are mobilized to challenge the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in every institution of our country. We are in a moment full of sadness, trauma, and a sense of urgency. Many of us are worried that the moment … Continue reading Understanding Accountability So We Can Hold the Police to Account

Rethinking Freedom, Government, and Expertise in the Time of COVID-19

by Cynthia Kaufman and Carlos Davidson With the COVID-19 crisis we are being asked, and in many cases ordered, by the government to drastically change our lives: not to go to work unless it is essential, not to socialize in large groups, or in some places not to go out at all, except for essential … Continue reading Rethinking Freedom, Government, and Expertise in the Time of COVID-19

Motivating Climate Action: A Review of Per Espen Stoknes “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming.”

Averting the worst outcome of the climate crisis will require a huge amount of very thoughtful and brave work. Unfortunately the crisis has a number of qualities that make it especially hard to organize around. It seems remote in time and place, its causes and impacts are diffuse, and the solutions require major social transformation. … Continue reading Motivating Climate Action: A Review of Per Espen Stoknes “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming.”

Creating a Home through the Green New Deal A review of Bruno Latour’s Down to Earth

Near where I live, in Pacifica California, there is a big piece of land right at the ocean that was once slated to be the site of a giant freeway interchange. That plan was stopped by local people who saw no need for increased freeway capacity. When I moved to town 14 years ago it … Continue reading Creating a Home through the Green New Deal A review of Bruno Latour’s Down to Earth