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Michael Ratner and Phil Donohue: At the Goodman Symposium

Michael Ratner joined former talk show host Phil Donohue this week at Stony Brook University’s seventh annual Goodman Symposium, to speak on terrorism, war, free speech and civil liberties today. The Goodman Symposium is held at the school each year in memory of George Goodman, a former professor of opthamology at the school, and Amy Goodman’s father.
“Guantanamo and Abu Gharib are iconic symbols of what this administration is doing,” said Ratner. “…We are now living in an outlaw state.” Ratner attributed the success of many of the ongoing policies of the Bush administration to the lack of a progressive movement to oppose those policies, closing off his speech by saying: “This is not a time to sit on our hands. It is not a time to be summer soldiers, it’s a time to be winter soldiers, and to really get out there and end torture at Guantanamo and really bring this administration down.”
Phil Donohue compared the democratic response to a deer in the headlights.


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..