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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.

(By Donkey Hotey under a Creative Commons license)  

June 22, 2015

Trade Deals Overturn Democracy

Forget tariffs, the point of modern trade agreements is to whack pesky labor, environment and health laws
June 22, 2015

Trade Deals Overturn Democracy

Forget tariffs, the point of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is to whack pesky labor, environment and health laws

(Photo by Backbone Campaign under a Creative Commons license) 

June 15, 2015

Are Trade Agreements More Important Than Government By the People?

A brief history of how trade deals came to overshadow democracy

Novelist and libertarian guru Ayn Rand considered altruism a form of "self-destruction." (Photo illustration by Playing Futures under a Creative Commons license.)  

May 28, 2015

Ayn Rand vs. Adam Smith

Health care debate depends on whether you believe compassion is a virtue or a vice

 

Photo by Andy McLemore under a Creative Commons license.

May 19, 2015

What Was Obama Thinking?

Nike as a backdrop for defending his Pacific Trade Deal! Amazon as partner in creating middle-class jobs!

By Charamelody under a Creative Commons license.

May 12, 2015

We Need New Economics for a New Era of History

Welcome to the Anthropocene, when humans are the dominant geological force on the planet

(By Lindsay France, courtesy of Cornell University) 

April 18, 2015

“Better, Not More” Is Rallying Cry for a New Economy

Filmmaker Annie Leonard outlines the necessity and challenges for the movement

(By Hoan Luong under a Creative Commons license)

February 20, 2015

How Much is the Commons Worth?

In the US alone, almost as much as all private wealth

(By Laity Lodge Family Camp under a CC license.)

January 9, 2015

How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay

Sharing common wealth would revive the American Dream for all