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All of our climate efforts should be about making our economy greener rather than shrinking our economy

By Underground | December 12, 2018

Interesting Twitter thread from Noah Smith  Here is the link to the Green New Deal proposal. Continue reading All of our climate efforts should be about making our economy greener rather than shrinking our economy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Harvard orientation is ‘lobbyist project’

By Underground | December 10, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the longstanding congressional intro program at Harvard Kennedy School meant to show new lawmakers the ropes. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the orientation session for freshman lawmakers at Harvard’s Kennedy … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Harvard orientation is ‘lobbyist project’

Unhinged GDP Growth Could Actually Destroy the Economy, Economists Find

By Underground | December 9, 2018

In order to grapple with the harsh reality, governments need new ways of measuring welfare and well-being that don’t rely on GDP growth. FOR DECADES, SCIENTISTS have warned of the pending crisis … Continue reading Unhinged GDP Growth Could Actually Destroy the Economy, Economists Find

2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers

By Underground | December 7, 2018

The women, from Ithaca, raised $12,500 so a nonprofit organization could forgive the past-due bills of about 1,300 state residents. It only cost them $12,500 to erase $1.5M in medical debts. That … Continue reading 2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers

Building on a Progressive Legacy: A New Generation’s New Deal

By Underground | December 6, 2018

The Green New Deal would simultaneously combat climate change and economic insecurity in the United States. Even Forbes it getting into it! Source: Building on a Progressive Legacy: A New Generation’s New Deal Continue reading Building on a Progressive Legacy: A New Generation’s New Deal

With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

By Underground | December 6, 2018

Just what would a “Green New Deal” entail, exactly? IT’S THE SPRING of 2043, and Gina is graduating college with the rest of her class. She had a relatively stable childhood. Her … Continue reading With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

General Motors is proof to the world that slashing wages isn’t the ticket to profitability

By Underground | December 5, 2018

German and Japanese auto manufacturers succeed despite sticking to a high-wage model The GM layoffs should not be blithely dismissed as another inevitable casualty of globalization.Nor are they a parable illustrating the … Continue reading General Motors is proof to the world that slashing wages isn’t the ticket to profitability

Maybe We Have the Economic-Growth Equation Backward

By Underground | December 5, 2018

The assumption that raising productivity is the key to higher GDP looks like it needs a rethink. During the 2016 presidential primary campaign, some supporters of Bernie Sanders argued that their candidate’s spending proposals … Continue reading Maybe We Have the Economic-Growth Equation Backward

GDP is not a good measure of wellbeing – it’s too materialistic | Joseph Stiglitz | Business | The Guardian

By Underground | December 4, 2018

Why focus on production of goods, rather than on health, education and environment? We need to focus on the wellbeing of the people instead of a number that has no reflection on … Continue reading GDP is not a good measure of wellbeing – it’s too materialistic | Joseph Stiglitz | Business | The Guardian

GOP operative at the center of election fraud investigation reportedly paid woman to collect ballots

By Underground | December 4, 2018

She also says she didn’t mail in the ballots she collected, delivering them directly to the GOP operative instead. If that one woman got 8 years in jail for mistakenly voting, I … Continue reading GOP operative at the center of election fraud investigation reportedly paid woman to collect ballots

Freshman Democrats: Legislation, not investigations, should be House priority

By Underground | December 4, 2018

Nearly four dozen incoming House Democrats told their future leaders Monday that they should prioritize action on health care, immigration, gun control and other topics over investigations into the Trump administration. Looks … Continue reading Freshman Democrats: Legislation, not investigations, should be House priority

The Problem With Our Democracy Isn’t Gerrymandering. It’s Integers

By Underground | December 4, 2018

Our winner-take-all system elects 1 person to represent each House district. What if we elected 2 people instead, and gave each of them a fractional vote in Congress? This would completely fix … Continue reading The Problem With Our Democracy Isn’t Gerrymandering. It’s Integers