Most people in the US have long held private health insurers in low regard, but lately they have been joined by several prominent business leaders. With health care costs significantly affecting their bottom line, businesses have started to question the value of a health system that makes them less competitive, and many are voicing support for a government-run, single-payer system.
In our ongoing saga of Detroit's property tax foreclosure crisis as it relates to the historic Junction district, we see how a perfect storm of bad housing policies gave one homeowner serious cause for concern: the demolition of his foreclosed home while people were still inside.
Slowly, like an image emerging in a photographer's darkroom, the basis of a different economy is beginning to appear. It might be called a "Pluralist Commonwealth" in its bringing together of different forms of democratic ownership, from neighborhood to community to region and beyond.