Charles Jaco: The burden of paying for America – our Social Security, Medicare, military, social programs, school aid, highways, food inspections, all of it – has shifted from the people most able to afford it to those who have the least money.
Ellen Brown: A “yes” vote will allow the creation of a city-owned bank that can partner with local banks to provide low-cost credit for the community, following the steller precedent of the century-old Bank of North Dakota, currently the nation’s only state-owned bank.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The stagnant economy, austerity measures and resulting increased debt have opened a space for people to search for and try out alternative economic structures that are more democratic.
Ellen Brown: Central bankers are now aggressively playing the stock market. To say they are buying up the planet may be an exaggeration, but they could. They can create money at will, and they have declared their “independence” from government. They have become rogue players in a game of their own.
Michael T. Hertz: The privatization that concerns me most is the suggestion that we put the military into private hands.
Jessica Goodheart: A local dispute over evictions highlights the emergence of a tenants movement that is pushing back against rapacious landlords and a nationwide housing affordability crisis.
Phoenix Goodman: If Los Angeles succeeds in creating a municipal public bank, it will quite literally be history in the making, as it will be the first of its kind in the country.
Ellen Brown: Giant Chinese tech companies have bypassed credit cards and banks to create their own low-cost digital payment systems.
Randy Shaw: Passage of Costa-Hawkins did not cause California’s housing crisis but it unquestionably made it worse. Prop 10 restores cities’ power to utilize a valuable tool for increasing affordability.
Richard D. Wolff: While both parties readily describe themselves as capitalist or pro-capitalist, it is especially their oscillation in office that sustains capitalism.
Richard D. Wolff: There’s a problem with this resurgence of interest in socialism, however. People cannot agree on what the term actually means.
Mark Dempsey: More compact development is roughly half as expensive to maintain as sprawl, so sprawl costs local governments dollars they might need for other services, and just from a financial standpoint, sprawl degrades the public realm.
Jessica Goodheart: The City Council is considering a ‘right to counsel’ program that could help curb evictions and homelessness.