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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.

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
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

(By Robert Huffstutter under a Creative Commons license)  

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