The Five Stages of Money (and why we're stuck at stage 4)

Given the pressing needs America and the world now face, which profit-making enterprise has no interest in addressing, the time for Stage 5 money is at hand. We have it in our grasp. The question is: when we will see what it is and how to use it?

We the People or What is a Progressive

Reading it, the intention of the preamble is pretty clear, it is America’s mission statement.  It stands separate from the details of the Constitution and establishes a set of standards for the United States.

Last Exit to the Road Less Traveled

"We are no longer at a fork. The fork is half-a-century behind us. The goal is not to get the superhighway to somehow re-route itself and follow the path less traveled."

How Politics is Making us Drink the Kool-Aid

When the truth threatens our fantasies, we're quick to disassociate, and it enforces the truths we are told. Small misgivings or even misunderstandings are blown up, twisted to prove their side right, while major problems are hidden. When you are already braced for a war to defend an idea, anyone speaking against it will be hushed and painted as a traitor.

Why America is Not a Country Club

and why we should look to our board of directors to straighten it out.

Not Radicals, but Self-Propagandizers & Fashionistas

Just as Move On and the Tea Party, in spite of yelling angrily at each other across the ideological divide, both lead us to the same voting booth that is owned lock, stock and barrel by big money and the two mainstream parties, so all fashion statements from avant-garde to proletarian to conformist lead to the same place: the feeding of the capitalist maw.

The Trump Administration's Plot to Kill Government Agencies

It is the oligarchy, much as it was before, only now without any semblance of secrecy or shame.

Depression Among Progressives

As progressives, there is no shortage of things to break us down, but we shouldn't let that make us lose sight of what lifts us up.

Nebraska’s Most Progressive Gubernatorial Candidate May Become the Republican Nominee

If you want to support Gabel, the most progressive candidate on either side, you still can.

Framing a Job Guarantee

Perhaps a point-by-point response to Ms. McArdle’s arguments is a way to begin.  

Gay American History, Part 2

When you are seen as "what's wrong with the world," the cure isn't really designed to help you.

We Need Strategies for Integrating MMT Knowledge Into Progressive Politics

My purpose here is to spur the development and refinement of the conversation already going on about how to better disseminate knowledge and acceptance of MMT.

Flint, Michigan and Modern Money

While Flint’s problems surely run deeper than its lack of local tax revenue, it’s difficult to overstate what a substantial injection of capital could do for the city. The question: where does Flint “find” the money? Enter Modern Monetary Theory.

Progressive Poetry: 'Syria'

This poem is part of an ongoing Real Progressives collaborative series. Submit your Progressive Poetry today!

Marrying the Social and Economic Revolutions

One of the biggest divides I've seen on the Left is not knowing whether to focus on social issues or economic issues, or believing one is vastly more important and the other is irrelevant.

The Federal Reserve is Not a Private Bank – A Response to Counterpunch

Calling out the omission of facts from a recent Counterpunch article concerning the U.S. Federal Reserve. 

Framing the Progressive Platform

Progressives seem to genuinely wonder why mainstream Americans would object to these proposals. Why would American voters be put off by proposals they’d obviously gain so much real—and in many cases personal—benefit from?

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 2

Our flesh no longer exists in the way it once did. A new evolutionary stage has arrived.

Progressive Poetry: 'Untitled (Austerity)'

This poem is part of an ongoing Real Progressives collaborative series. Submit your Progressive Poetry today!

Progressive Poetry: 'It's Not The Time (Lost Causes)'

This poem is part of an ongoing Real Progressives collaborative series. Submit your Progressive Poetry today!

Identity Theft & the Body's Disappearance, Part 1

This is the new socialization, identity eugenics, in action. 

The Future of Social Media, Part II

The need to decentralize our social networks is now more important than ever.

Techno Capitalism: A Fever Burning Everywhere

This is the information storm that never ends. How should progressives and other leftists navigate it? How should anyone navigate it?

Doing What the Market Can't

While the Market Economy system causes truly wondrous and useful things to be made available to American consumers, there are certain things it fails to provide.

Democrats Need A Strategic View

Democrats have a fractured base and credibility problems. They need to do more than just refine their “message” and vote-gathering tactics. In addition to thinking about how they can win, they must think about why they deserve to win. They need an honest explanation of what they think America needs, how they intend to govern, and what they want to accomplish.

Soddy, Fuller and Modern Monetary Theory

By aligning our man-made economic thinking with physical reality, we can lay the path to ongoing human success. This is the promise of Modern Monetary Theory.

The Big Three

So long as progressive leaders are allowed to back-pedal on this topic—to try, somehow, to go forward based on the old economics of “commodity” money—little progress can ever be made to address the Big Three challenges that are growing more formidable every day.

The Science of Progressivism: Breaking the Mold

What we must learn from Pasteur's example is the bravery to wield truth as a weapon against well-established lies, and the fortitude to persevere, even when the odds are stacked against us. For no matter how high the odds are stacked, the stakes are even higher.