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Economy and Markets

Conventional economic theory fails to account for the pivotal role of the commons in generating and distributing wealth. It is important to understand the limits of individual property rights and pay attention the wide benefits coming from the commons sector of the economy.

August 14, 2016

Every American Deserves a Guaranteed Minimum Income

And here's a politically practical way to do it

Piada 52 is cooperative cafe in Forli, Italy, hiring unemployed kids, which has helped rivitalize a park once known for drug dealing.  

August 14, 2016

An Overlooked Element of the Good Life in Italy (and Everywhere)

Cooperatives, such as this park cafe in Forli, can achieve social as well as economic goals

The Tanka staff are now co-owners of the company.  (Photo by Katie Hunter)

August 14, 2016

Healthy Snack Generates Hope & Income on Pine Ridge Reservation

Tanka bars, based on a traditional Lakota Indian recipe, now face stiff corporate competition

Photo by Gage Skidmore under a Creative Commons license.  

May 20, 2016

What Should Bernie Do Now?

And how Hillary can win over progressives
March 28, 2016

How One State Escaped Rule by Wall Street

North Dakota, a reliably red state, enjoys a unique banking system

A screen shot from the movie Norma Rae. 

March 28, 2016

Norma Rae Is Spinning in Her Grave

Why Union organizing has become an uphill battle in the US

By GotCredit under a Creative Commons license.

March 26, 2016

Want to See a New Kind of Economy?

It's easier than it looks-- if we draw upon our common wealth

Photo by Lawrence OP under a Creative Commons license.  

January 21, 2016

10 Commandments of Commons Economics

How Peer Production can create a future that’s free, fair & sustainable

Photo by Nick Knupffer under a Creative Commons license

December 19, 2015

Two Big Mistakes That Cost Obama Public Support

He did not challenge greed by big banks and health care companies

Photo by Beth Cortez-Neavel under a Creative Commons license.

November 10, 2015

New York State Shook by Power of Bottom-Up Politics

2 ½ major victories for grassroots campaigns---minimum wage, fracking and school testing