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More Thoughts on Agriculture

A couple of days ago I submitted a modest blog post proposal that California’s agricultural system should be transformed in a modular sort of way, starting with irrigation districts (and other water-delivery entities, including mutuals and co-ops). My thinking was … Continue reading

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The Co-op Pope

Pope Francis caused a lot of excitement during his papacy’s first year, and much of it was economic in nature. He has been making a whole variety of statements that have caused unease among those most comfortable with the established … Continue reading

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Dismantling Agriculture, Rebuilding Anew

California’s worsening water situation is changing the face of agriculture. Much of the San Joaquin Valley is already being fallowed for this year due to acute water shortages. There is also the growing prospect that the state’s growing population, diminishing … Continue reading

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An hour of writing

I’m going to re-launch an old habit that I think was a good one: I shall write every morning, and post it immediately more often than not (i.e. at least 4 days per week). I hope that this discipline will … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Government and Drought

I have to get this out of my system: Recent events have frustrated me to the point that I have to take a detour from trying to articulate what we should do to solve our common problems, and rule out what we … Continue reading

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“Historic” Weather

This week’s much-anticipated storm was a dud. Many parts of the state got no measurable rain. On the bright side, there does seem to be some significant (but modest) improvement in the Sierra snowpack, although it is still only 15 … Continue reading

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Deer in the Headlights

Yesterday the Bay Area saw a feeble weather front move through from the south. It offered little but a faint wave of fluffy clouds that dissipated as the sun set. It felt like the skies were teasing us. I was … Continue reading

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Confronting the “System Problem” Cooperatively

Guest post: Len Krimerman of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective has launched the next phase of the discussion on systemic issues raised by Gar Alperovitz and Thomas Hanna. First and foremost, three cheers to Gar, Thomas, and Andrew for a fine … Continue reading

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Planning Must Be Centered in the Cooperative Movement

A continuing conversation with Thomas M. Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative, cross posted at http://www.geo.coop. As part of an ongoing dialogue prompted by the bankruptcy of a key Mondragon cooperative Thomas Hanna has argued that, “In order for cooperatives and … Continue reading

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Cooperative Movement Should Embrace Discussion of Systemic Issues

A guest post from Thomas M. Hanna of the Democracy Collaborative The following is part of an ongoing dialogue prompted by the collapse of Fagor Electrodomésticos, a large industrial cooperative at the core of Mondragon, a prominent model of worker … Continue reading

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