Blog #46 – The Ethics of Gentrification, Social and Personal


The Ethics of Gentrification, Social and Personal Gentrification is an ethical problem. At the societal level, it is a problem of social justice. At that level, some quite clear guidelines for an ethical approach can be developed. At the individual level, however, there may be more complicated answers, more dependent on individual circumstances  The following… More Blog #46 – The Ethics of Gentrification, Social and Personal

Blog #30 – Transformative Proposals in Nine Areas


Blog #30: Beyond Immediate Proposals: Some Transformative Provocations The last blog, Blog #29 began with the puzzle that the United States faces deep-seated problems today: problems of poverty, inequality, discrimination, poor education, unemployment, unaffordable housing, unaffordable health care, social aggressiveness and exclusion, insecurities of all sorts, all in a country that claims the values and… More Blog #30 – Transformative Proposals in Nine Areas

Blog #29 – Premature Democracy, Congress, the 99% and the Tea Party


What’s the matter with the United States Congress? Too much democracy? ? “Premature democracy”? If the 99% are dissatisfied with the status quo and it only benefits the 1%, why don’t they change it? What explains the Tea Party’s positions and its power? Need it be dealt with? How?  To put it another way: Why… More Blog #29 – Premature Democracy, Congress, the 99% and the Tea Party

Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications


Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications   A.     Transformation   So: since 1968, at least, the situation seems to have been ripe for transformation., objectively the material and technical prerequisites for a more socially supportive and equitable society are all there, the contradictions within the existing system blatant. But the relative strength of the… More Blog #16 – The Future: Strategic Implications

Blog #15 – The Right to the City and Occupy: History and Evolution.


Blog #15 – The Right to the City and Occupy: History and Evolution.[1][2]   A.     History: Rise, Defeat, and New Life of the Resistance Movements   Capitalism, early fostering industrialization but not identical with it, has created wealth and technological development, but in a manner also increasing exploitation and discontent and never including all in… More Blog #15 – The Right to the City and Occupy: History and Evolution.

#3. Occupy and the Provision of Public Space: The City’s Responibiities


OCCUPY AND THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC SPACE: THE CITY’S RESPONSIBILITIES The occupation of key public spaces by Occupy Wall Street, as a means of calling attention to more basic problems, raises questions of the role of public spaces that need to be urgently dealt with. The basic questions about the organization of society, democracy, inequality,… More #3. Occupy and the Provision of Public Space: The City’s Responibiities