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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 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

By the Catholic Church of England and Wales under a CC license. 

December 16, 2014

Will Pope Francis' Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral--and not simply an economic--act.”

(By Chris Goldberg under a CC license)

December 15, 2014

The Retail Jungle

Working conditions for part time employees is a national disgrace, which local governments are now addressing

(By Jeremy Hunsinger under a CC license)

December 4, 2014

Hope For Imagining a World Beyond Corporate Control

Finding ways to democratically control our common wealth, from Quebec to India

By Alfredo Mendez under a CC license from flickr.com

November 21, 2014

Debating the Sharing Economy

Is this sharing's big breakthrough? Or business as usual?