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Capitalism is failing, and it’s time to panic – Paul Mason

The neoliberalist capitalist model has resulted in civil wars and economic disaster, and it’s only going to get worse. Unless, Paul Mason argues, we take advantage of the technological revolution we are living through and create a postcapitalist sharing society. If we let prices fall and delink work from wages, we can save the world from disaster. Capitalism is dead – Paul Mason for Guardian Membership ► Postcapitalism: a guide to our future by Paul Mason is published by Allen Lane ► Read Paul Mason: the end of capitalism has begun ►

Protest ALEC in San Diego [Video]

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its annual meeting in San Diego at the Grand Hyatt. Democrats, organized labor, community groups, and other allies rallied to make their voices heard. Funded by shadowy special interests, ALEC works to maximize corporate power and undermine democracy by providing “model legislation” for right-wing legislators. It seeks to block wage increases, disenfranchise voters, privatize schools and prisons, and deregulate firearms, to name just a few examples. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the event, sharing the stage with fringe Republicans like Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. ALEC is not welcome in California! For an in-depth description of why this was a big deal, read Doug Porter’s column(s) The ALEC Annual Meeting in San Diego: Who’s Coming and Why?

Thanks to Senator Marty Block and Staff for a Beautiful Picnic

Thank you Senator Marty Block, and your staff, for inviting 2015 Democratic Convention Delegates (and press!) to your picnic at Kate O Sessions Memorial Park on Sunday, July 12. Clubmembers Gretchen Newsom, Gail Mackler, Susan Peinado, Ruth Rollins, Rebecca Taylor, Brian Polejes, Steve Rivera and Fred Rogers were all presented with certificates. (Cynara Vazquez wasn’t able to attend.)   Music credit: Medieval Tension 30s by Cory Gray is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at

What Can Be Better For People Than TPP/TTIP?

During discussion of granting President Obama Fast Track Authority to ‘negotiate’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership two friends recently asked me: why is TPP wrong for the U.S., for U.S. workers and businesses? where are the ideas to provide something better? [Jump below the line for the short answer ☟] A lot of the discussion has covered the potential loss of American jobs, with corporations preferring to move manufacturing to where labor costs are lower, or there are less regulations or oversight, but I’d like to consider an even broader issue. Creativity. Let’s begin with a slight detour to think about culture, and in particular how digital media defines culture (a passing interest of mine, and hopefully yours if you’re reading this online). “Free Culture” is the title of a book by Lawrence Lessig. It’s subtitle is – How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. Lessig outlines the problems and some solutions with our ability to easily copy and manipulate digital artifacts. Interestingly enough you can download the book for free as a PDF file (or in many …

OB Street Fair 2015 [Video]

Thanks to everyone who came along and said hello at the OB Street Fair on Saturday, as well as those who staffed the booth including members of the Veterans Democratic Club and Democratic Woman’s Club. Madame Speaker Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria ( and José Caballero ( all stopped by. We welcomed supporters of AB700 who gathered petitions to let voters know who really is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves. If you didn’t make it to the Fair you can sign their petition online. Supporters of the Neighborhoods for Clean Elections also distributed information and gathered support. The weather was kind, the crowds large, we registered over 20 new voters and from early morning until  the evening the constant refrain from passers by was – this was a great week for Democrats! The Supreme Court’s judgements on the Affordable Care Act, fair housing and gay marriage showed the importance of Democratic appointments to the court and the President’s eulogy for slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney was universally appreciated. Broken String by The Underscore Orkestra is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike …