Why Banning Financing for Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa Isn’t a Climate Solution

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When it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, sub-Saharan Africa is collectively responsible for barely half a percent of all global emissions over time. Today’s global energy inequities are staggering. Video gamers in California…

How the Fair Labor Association Promotes a Living Wage for Workers

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By using a consistent methodology to measure workers’ compensation, we now have a baseline to understand how far we need to go to reach a living wage. In today’s globalized economy, large companies increasingly outsource production to…

How to Address the Legal Status of Afghan Refugees

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More than 24,000 Afghans already have been brought to the U.S., where they are being held in military bases in Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and other states. These makeshift arrangements are far from ideal. In the last two weeks of August,…

Robert Bilott, Author of “Exposure,” Reflects on His Fight Against Corporate Arrogance

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In October 1998, a Parkersburg, West Virginia, cattle farmer named Earl Tennant noticed that his livestock was dying from a strange illness. Half of his cows and their calves had mysteriously died, and the rest had been born deformed and dead.…

Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn

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Listen to "#27 - Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Denise Hearn about the most significant opportunities and concerns with…

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Should Combat Voter Suppression

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Leading business associations like the Chamber should not reward candidates who are limiting the right to vote. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls itself the “world’s largest business organization.” Founded in 1912 at the behest…

Uber Becomes an Unlikely Icon in the Rise of ESG in Corporate Governance

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The law is increasingly being used to get justice long after the damage done, which suggests there are holes in the values-governance-regulation-enforcement net. Wrestling with the concept of better corporate governance in a world where…

Regulating Finance to Avert Climate Disaster

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Listen to "#26 - Regulating Finance to Avert Climate Disaster" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, the third (and final) in our miniseries on climate finance, we speak with Colleen Orr and Graham Steele about…

The Power of Banks to Shape Climate Change Solutions

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In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, the first in our miniseries on climate finance, we speak with Ivan Frishberg, James Vaccaro, and Marilyn Waite about the banking sector and what it would take to scale its ambition and impact on helping to stem climate change.

Book Summary: The Rule of Nobody

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In The Rule of Nobody, Philip Howard describes how bureaucracy is stifling U.S. institutions as well as the spirit of autonomy and free will among Americans. We live within a system whereby layers upon layers of often incomprehensible and inconsistent regulations, mandatory disclosures and requirements create a society that is “governed by dead laws” — meaning that since many of today’s laws are so outdated, they have been rendered irrelevant because layers of new (and sometimes inconsistent) laws have been enacted after them, or they have become otherwise destructive to the social good because they hamper progress. 

The Rule of Nobody [homepage | public library]

By: Philip K. Howard

Summarized by Azish Filabi

The book is packed with examples of inept laws replacing common sense human judgment.  In many cases, government agencies are comprised of well-meaning individuals who can’t apply their common sense and best judgment to resolve the problems they are hired to manage.

His recommendations for restoring human control of democracy and bringing about good government involves a series of reforms (summarized below) towards principles-based regulation, including appointing independent commissions to review and propose amendments to existing laws, to mandatory sunset provisions of all laws with budgetary impact, thus compelling Congress to consider the present needs of constituents when allocating expenditures.