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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.

(Photo by Roadside Pictures under a Creative Commons license.)

July 21, 2017

What a Wealthy Heir Learned from Mobile Home residents

A remarkable lesson in social solidarity

(Photo by Roadside Pictures under a Creative Commons license.)

July 21, 2017

What a Wealthy Heir Learned from Mobile Home residents

A remarkable lesson in social solidarity

(By Wally Gobetz under a Creative Commons license)

July 21, 2017

A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door

In Quebec, coops and non-profits account for 8-10 percent of GDP

(By Wally Gobetz under a Creative Commons license)

July 21, 2017

A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door

In Quebec, coops and non-profits account for 8-10 percent of GDP
November 12, 2016

Solutions for Inequality from a One-Percenter

"I don’t hate wealthy people. They are my family. But I hate what inequality has done."
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