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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.

May 7, 2007

If The Commons Is A Form Of Property, Does That Make It A Commodity?

Commons or commodification: the nature of ownership takes many forms.
April 30, 2007

Wanna Buy a Bridge in Brooklyn?

Want to buy the Golden Gate Bridge? That could happen as cash-strapped governments sell off public assets to investors. They make billions, and we all lose.
April 5, 2007

The Perils of Equating Wealth with Happiness

New evidence for the old wisdom that money cannot buy happiness.
April 4, 2007

The Cosmic Cop-Out Of "The Market" (With A Nod To Henry George)

Notes toward an economics of the commons.
March 14, 2007

Meet the New Fuel, Same as the Old Fuel

America's ethanol boom worries Latin American activists.
March 2, 2007

A Day in Sacramento

A gift to polluters is no way to fix global warming.
January 10, 2007

Expanding the Commons by Building Community Economic Wealth

There's an entire community sector to the economy that business pages overlook.
January 9, 2007

Growing Local Value

Surge of new interest in sustaining locally-owned businesses paints the way to a new economy.
December 29, 2006

Gifts2: Economist Calls Christmas A "Deadweight Loss"

Economist calls Christmas a "deadweight loss," raising questions about how we view economics.
November 27, 2006

The Golden Gate Bridge, Brought to You By....

The Golden Gate Bridge, brought to you by...McDonald's? San Francisco considers corporate sponsorship for one of America's great landmarks.