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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.

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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
September 29, 2015

We Now Have a Justice System Just for Corporations

How the Supreme Court twisted a 1925 law to undermine the interests of citizens, employees and small business

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August 5, 2015

Does Capitalism Need Fine-Tuning or an Overhaul?

Today we have one set of rules for the super rich, and another for everyone else.

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July 28, 2015

The Essential Consumer Guide to Buying American & Fair Trade

David Morris uncovers handy tools to know where your money goes

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July 24, 2015

Commons is Heart of Pope’s Economic Teachings

That should be little surprise in a document drafted by an African cardinal and issued by a South American pope

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July 20, 2015

The Rest of the Story About Greece

EU’s economic demands seek to derail small business and local communities, paving the way for multinational corporate giants

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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

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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