Daily Archives: September 10, 2019


George Monbiot: The new political story that could change everything

TED has the video George Monbiot: The new political story that could change everything.

To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future


I have posted two other items by George Monbiot before. See Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems and George Monbiot: This Bastardised Libertarianism Makes “Freedom” an Instrument of Oppression.


Economic Update: Homelessness in the U.S.

The Real News Network has rebroadcast the video Economic Update: Homelessness in the U.S..

This week: Updates on politicians’ “blame game” of scapegoating to avoid blaming capitalism; middle class squeezed by prices; limits of workers on corporate boards of directors; lessons from a courageous Puerto Rican people; Prof. Wolff interviews Rob Robinson, activist and global advocate for the homeless on the issues of homelessness in the U.S.


This explains why rampant homelessness is a visible indicator that our social system is broken. This is not just a problem of the people who are homeless. This is an indication that the way we have chosen to organize our society has some flaws we need to fix by changing some aspect of our social organization.

If the cost of housing is rising 5 times faster than incomes are rising, we have to understand that this cannot possibly continue forever. At some point we have to figure out how to make the cost of housing and the level of incomes to come into balance. This is a problem that an individual homeless person cannot possibly solve given how widespread the problem is.