Matthew Rozsa: The candidates don't get it: from pandemics to climate change, the real problem is capitalism itself

The state of facts and evidence proves that capitalism is condemning millions upon millions to hopeless poverty, rendering us incapable of effectively coping with manageable problems like a pandemic and literally destroying the planet. Unless that reality becomes part of our mainstream political discourse, humanity is doomed.

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How do we change? Big ideas to protect the planet

What would a truly sustainable economy look like? Should nature be given legal rights? In this series, DW explores ideas with the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the ecological crisis.


The pitchforks are coming if we don’t reform capitalism, says Davos founder

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that if you don’t want a revolution, it’s time to use the government to more strongly regulate businesses, address climate change, and fix income inequality.
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Davos founder Klaus Schwab says we must reform capitalism

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that if you don’t want a revolution, it’s time to use the government to more strongly regulate businesses, address climate change, and fix income inequality.

John Kerry takes the climate change fight to Wall Street

The former US secretary of state is involved in a fund launched on the NY Stock Exchange that is attempting to set a global price for carbon emissions.


Giveaways created a poverty sinkhole. Then the virus hit

Property tax giveaways to oil companies and entrenched poverty around Louisiana refineries help tell the story of race and disease in an American energy hub at a time when the coronavirus is spiking in the South.


Capitalism incompatible with climate action, survey suggests

The current economic system is not compatible with the fight against global warming and the authorities need to make businesses join the fight, if necessary by force, according to a majority of the respondents in a recent poll.


Erik Kobayashi-Solomon: Capitalism is failing us just when we need it most

In the words of Warren Buffett’s investing partner, Charlie Munger, “Never, ever, think about something else when you should be thinking about the power of incentives.”

Youth climate activist Jamie Margolin's message on climate change

She founded Zero Hour, organized a national climate march, wrote 'Youth to Power,' and still goes to high school.


What will the world be like after coronavirus?

Coronavirus, like climate change, is partly a problem of our economic structure. Although both appear to be "environmental" or "natural" problems, they are socially driven.


J. Ama Mantey: A Green-Red New Deal can save black lives in a post-Covid-19 world

Race, not class, is the strongest predictor of whether someone will be overburdened by environmental pollution, climate disasters and other hazards.

Climate enemies: CEOs, oilmen, politicians who sold the world

The CEOs, oilmen, financiers, politicians, and ideologues who are robbing us of a stable climate.


Wisconsin tribe recognizes Menominee River rights

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in January asserted that the Menominee River has the right to exist naturally, flourish, evolve, remain unpolluted and carry out its natural ecosystem functions. 

David Von Drehle: It’s time we finally get a serious climate change plan

From the discussions at Davos to the Green New Deal, plans floated so far are hot air.
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