Economics

05.10.2018

Why California residents want public banks

Why California residents want public banks

By Zoe Sullivan1, reproduced from Public Banking Institute, Sept. 04, 2018   Ten years after the most recent financial crisis, some argue we have learned nothing, but a movement across the country to establish public banksshows how some have taken its lessons to heart. Inspired by … »

02.10.2018

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

By Ellen Brown First published on Truthdig, Oct. 02, 2018.   Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick… »

26.09.2018

Three reasons some countries are far more unequal than others

Three reasons some countries are far more unequal than others

Sandy Brian Hager, City, University of London for The Conversation Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same… »

19.09.2018

There is an alternative to neoliberalism – in Britain and beyond

There is an alternative to neoliberalism – in Britain and beyond

LAURIE MACFARLANE 18 September 2018 for openDemocracy – Laurie Macfarlane introduces ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ – openDemocracy’s new eBook outlining a new economic agenda for Britain. Western political economy is in a period of upheaval. Neoliberalism – the set of economic ideas and… »

14.09.2018

Kleptocracies love migrants

Kleptocracies love migrants

Contrary to their stated manifestos, the most neoliberal right wing governments take advantage of the massive migrations that their own policies on wars and promotion of poverty in developing countries produce. The concentration of wealth continues unabated increasing inequality and social unrest but the way this trend is connected to… »

14.09.2018

Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk

Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk

by Ellen Brown, originally posted on Truthdig, Sept. 13, 2018   Excluding institutions such as Blackrock and Vanguard, which are composed of multiple investors, the largest single players in global equity markets are now thought to be central banks themselves. An estimated 30 to 40 central banks are… »

09.09.2018

Seven ways to build the solidarity economy

Seven ways to build the solidarity economy

By EMILY KAWANO 4 September 2018 for openDemocracy We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’ The solidarity economy is a global movement to build a post-capitalist world that puts people and planet front and center, rather than the pursuit of… »

05.09.2018

The burning down of Brazil’s national museum: A capitalist crime against the heritage of humanity

The burning down of Brazil’s national museum: A capitalist crime against the heritage of humanity

By Bill Van Auken Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was gutted Sunday night by a massive fire that consumed not only the historic 19tth century palace that housed the institution, but a vast and irreplaceable collection of what was by far the largest natural history and anthropology museum… »

04.09.2018

Ken Livingstone: Decade after 2008 crisis, no changes made, richest get richer, inequality growing

Ken Livingstone: Decade after 2008 crisis, no changes made, richest get richer, inequality growing

By Ken Livingstone This month marks 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but governments have failed to make changes necessary to prevent a similar collapse. Back in the 1930s, the US government responded to the Great… »

01.09.2018

Happy birthday missed opportunity. Welcome new window

Happy birthday missed opportunity. Welcome new window

“Capitalism’s near-death experience with the banking crisis was a golden opportunity for progressives. But they blew it.  “…preparations are well under way for protests to mark next month’s 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers – the pivotal moment in the global financial crisis. “Make no mistake, the fact… »

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