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Election-year debate: “Wish-list economics” or necessary transformation?

The Democracy Collaborative weighs in on “wish-list economics,” making the case that in the face of extreme crises radical solutions are practical solutions. read more
In These Times Getting to Zero cover

In These Times special issue features how a democratic economy can help in “getting to zero”

Taking public control of electric utilities and buying out fossil fuel companies remove major impediments to the green transition. read more
Sunrise Movement "What Side Are You On" protest November 2018

Free-market solutions to climate change aren’t ‘realistic’

The world of “realistic solutions” to climate change revolves around the sun of the free market. The problem is that the energy market is not a free market. read more
Keep it in the ground

How we power down the fossil fuel machine

Confronting the fossil fuel industry is the first step in achieving a livable future. We discuss how we take on the industry once and for all. read more
John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" discusses workplace automation

What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs

The darkly entertaining “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation lacked a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth. read more
Our Children's Trust lawsuit plaintiffs from Washington state

Our “fighting chance” against climate change

In this Yes! magazine interview, the Next System Project co-chair and senior fellow talks about his role in a lawsuit filed by a group of young people against the U.S. government for its inaction on climate change. read more
Financing the green transition

Financing the green transition

Meeting the goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels by 2030 will require new thinking about how to pay for that transition. On this episode of The Next System Podcast, we talk to a banker, a climate and public banking activist, and a Next System Project researcher about that challenge. read more
Minnesota community solar garden

Community Ownership of Power Administration: Putting utilities under public control

This proposal would create within the Green New Deal an agency explicitly designed to free communities from the unjust power of investor-owned utilities in a way that furthers decarbonization and transforms the economy so that it benefits everyone. read more