Four UK protesters went to court last week to contest what may be Britain's most draconian sentences handed down for peaceful environmental protest since 1932.
The conclusion we draw from the U.S. story is not that efforts to reverse deepening inequality are foredoomed to failure – it is that mere reforms such as tax law changes are inadequate to the task. To make reforms stick requires going further to basic system change.
As the Trump administration and GOP leaders talk about more spending cuts and smaller government, realities like Flint become glaring reminders that government programs can make a difference when executed correctly.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has led a report called "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy," which seeks to simultaneously reform the financial sector and wrest power from the 1% while redistributing wealth to workers.
Union leaders who support the XL Pipeline are acting against their membership's long-term interests in countering climate change, and putting themselves at odds with popular consciousness and scientific consensus.