Real Progressives Behind the Scenes

We have had meetings now for months, and every week we would report progress and occasionally mention the bigger picture.  This time I asked each member to flip it around and make their focus the bigger picture.

But what can I actually do about election justice?

Cheerleading progressive favorites isn't enough to save the world, and neither is proclaiming that the system is hopelessly corrupt.

A Federal Jobs Guarantee is Crucial For Progressive Policies

Having a FJG waiting in the wings for people who are impacted by any of these disruptions in our economy, however well-intended, is crucial.

The Environmental Impacts of Fracking in the United States

Our oil and gas companies, the media, and even the government agencies designated to protect us have led us to believe the process is safe. But is it?

Steven Grumbine Interviews Steven Hail, Australian Economist

Steve and Steven discuss what the prospects are for a viable economic system with a 40 percent reduction by 2030 and no new emissions by 2050.

The 2nd Annual MMT Conference in NYC is Underway!

Join us at Real Progressives for live coverage of the event!

Monuments of Full Employment

Implementing a Federal Jobs Guarantee, along with a Green New Deal, and increased spending on our infrastructure, we can start to rebuild a middle class that has been languishing for

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."

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.

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.

The Future of Social Media, Part II

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

Why You Should Stop Sharing Content From IJR Blue

IJR Blue and IJR Red are one conservative news company's attempt to cash in on confirmation biases among both liberals and conservatives on social media, while simultaneously reinforcing the duality of America's mainstream political culture.

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?

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.

Using Healthy Communication to Educate About Modern Monetary Theory

It is clear we are in the middle of a communication breakdown in this country and our road forward must be led by creative people with innovative ideas, not career politicians with regressive austerity measures. Understanding Modern Monetary Theory is how we can achieve this, and communicating that understanding is key.

A Journey Through a Failing System: Special Education

Growing up in a era where able-bodied children were not educated on the circumstances of the disabled, I was made fun of a lot. I was called rude and unforgiving names, and treated as a thing instead of as a person. It made it almost impossible for me to make friends. I can personally say not only does it affect you in your early years, but it also affects you in your later years as well. It has cost me many relationships in my life.

We Must Hold Our Leaders Accountable

In the United States of America, and throughout every state, the infrastructure of our highways, airports, and especially our water supply are in dire need of repair.

The Science of Progressivism: Human Nature, Pt. II

The way we are made shines light on how we should live. The way the natural world is made shines light on the world we should live in.

YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE SOME REALLY COOL GREEN RENEWABLE ENERGY STUFF

Green renewables are getting slicker, cooler, and more practical. This article contains a fair amount of link candy, so please ready your clicker and come along for the ride.

Let's Talk About The Word 'Theory' For A Moment

This is how everyday miracles are thwarted by a lack of faith and foresight

The Science of Progressivism: Human Nature, Pt. I

The way we are made shines light on how we should live. The way the natural world is made shines light on the world we should live in.

The People's Convergence Conference Was A Breakthrough For Progressive Cooperation

The People’s Convergence Conference brought so many new ideas and strategies together, which will only strengthen the burgeoning coalition. One thing is for sure, a new era of progressive cooperation is beginning to take shape.

Where Safety Considerations Don't Matter; The Keystone XL Story

An explanation pre-decision on what will happen with the Keystone XL Pipeline, the danger present, and where people can go if they are interested in changing the circumstances.

When Votes Disappear

Until they outlaw public monitoring of vote totals completely, this is one of the few methods we have to isolate problems ourselves.

The Death of PBS

The U.S.’ Growing Education Gap and the Elimination of Public Media

Fukushima and the Pernicious Lie of the Sustainability of Nuclear Power

Fukushima Daiichi was back in the news this week after another offshore earthquake triggered a new tsunami warning in the prefecture of the tattered nuclear plant. Fortunately, this time the tsunami was miniscule compared to the one that led to the original meltdown, but the problems at the plant, like the problems with nuclear power in general, remain both omnipresent and potentially catastrophic. It is imperative that we, as Real Progressives, realize that nuclear power is neither green nor sustainable, and that, like the petroleum infrastructure, we are forced to live with the myriad of established installations. We must look to truly sustainable options for any new construction and any incidence of governmental subsidy.

The Coming Clinton Security State

Americans need to wake up to the fact that we currently live in a turnkey authoritarian regime.  We have police who have the power to kill (upon reciting “I was afraid for my life”), we have private companies currently amassing wider nets of big data, monitoring literally everything in their sight.  We have telecoms retaining information for years and selling its access to police departments without a judicial warrant (and thus no "just cause" need be demonstrated).  We have loosely-worded laws against “material support” that could be construed as whistleblowers giving aid and comfort to the enemy.  We have 5 private companies currently doing spying for government agencies, with little restraint on the data they collect. 

The Silencing of the Whistleblowers

The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to balance individual freedoms with the powers granted to the government by the Constitution. As our freedoms are taken one by one, the government gains reciprocal power. The more power it gains, the more freedoms it will destroy.  With our government now shrouded in a envelope of secrecy, whistleblowers are almostly exclusively the only conduit between the government and the public. Without them, we will know nothing about the inner operations of our own government. In an effort to retain government power, the Obama Administration has cracked down on whistleblowers more than any prior President.