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China app shows map of people in debt for social credit system

By Underground | January 22, 2019

It hopes to get citizens to monitor the so-called debtors and report them to authorities if they behave as if they could repay their loans. It notifies you if you are within … Continue reading China app shows map of people in debt for social credit system

World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam | The Guardian

By Underground | January 22, 2019

Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in school This kind of inequality is a threat to the very existence of democracy due … Continue reading World’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam | The Guardian

Activists hand out fake Washington Post newspapers at D.C. locations 

By Elin | January 18, 2019

The Yes Men are back with a new hoax – a parody WaPo article about Trump resigning from office in May 2019. They also pitched 64 bills that they believed the Democrats … Continue reading Activists hand out fake Washington Post newspapers at D.C. locations 

The red state that loves free college

By Underground | January 18, 2019

How Tennessee is making Bernie Sanders’ favorite education idea a reality. Fascinating story on free college in a primarily Republican state, what it is and how and why they did it. SPOILER … Continue reading The red state that loves free college

But Can The Government Afford It? | Forbes

By Underground | January 16, 2019

It is right and just and fair to ask if the government can afford wars, social support programs, border walls, and so on. It is wrong, however, to think of that in terms of money. That’s not the problem. Resources are. Source: But Can The Government Afford It? Continue reading But Can The Government Afford It? | Forbes

America has never worried about financing its priorities | FT

By Underground | January 16, 2019

Modern monetary theory is just a different way to fight over what those priorities should be. Modern Monetary Theory in the Financial Times. Source: America has never worried about financing its priorities … Continue reading America has never worried about financing its priorities | FT

The Green New Deal: How We Will Pay for It Isn’t ‘a Thing’ – and Inflation Isn’t Either | Forbes

By Underground | January 16, 2019

Those who ask ‘how will we pay for’ a Green New Deal need to learn public finance. Ditto those fearing inflation. We’ll pay for the GND as we do everything else, and … Continue reading The Green New Deal: How We Will Pay for It Isn’t ‘a Thing’ – and Inflation Isn’t Either | Forbes

The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse

By Underground | January 16, 2019

Federal student loans are the only consumer debt segment that’s grown continuously since the Great Recession. The next generation of graduates will include more borrowers who may never be able to repay. Source: The … Continue reading The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse

Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’

By Underground | January 16, 2019

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find … Continue reading Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’

Billionaires vs. LA Schools

By Underground | January 16, 2019

Unlike many labor actions, the Los Angeles teachers’ strike is not really about wages or benefits. At its core, this is a struggle to defend public schools against the privatizing drive of … Continue reading Billionaires vs. LA Schools

Debt? What debt? The new wave in Democratic thinking – CNNPolitics

By Underground | January 13, 2019

So much ink has been spilled for so long on the national debt, it might be nice if that $22 trillion plus on the red side of the US balance sheet just … Continue reading Debt? What debt? The new wave in Democratic thinking – CNNPolitics

Progressive Ideas Matter to Voters. So Why Do Democrats Fixate on Identity?

By Underground | January 11, 2019

Democrats’ focus on personalities and demographics over a popular progressive policy agenda and an anti-establishment sentiment may bring defeat in 2020. “…a bold, clear ideology is precisely what excites Americans.” “What these … Continue reading Progressive Ideas Matter to Voters. So Why Do Democrats Fixate on Identity?