Economics

04.07.2019

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

A report I helped publish has led to attacks and flat-out falsehoods in the rightwing media. It’s clear whose interests they serve.  By George Monbiot for The Guardian All billionaires want the same thing – a world that works for them. For many, this means a world in which… »

01.07.2019

The Return of the ‘C’ Word: SASE conference 2019

The Return of the ‘C’ Word: SASE conference 2019

At an international conference in New York City, a new group of scholars is studying alternatives to capitalism. Lara Monticelli  & Torsten Geelan for openDemocracy (image by Liz MC, CC by 2.0) In an historical moment when governments and citizens around the world are called on to take… »

30.06.2019

It Is Our Future That Is at Risk’: Greta Thunberg and Ocasio-Cortez Talk Reasons for Hope in Era of Climate Emergency

It Is Our Future That Is at Risk’: Greta Thunberg and Ocasio-Cortez Talk Reasons for Hope in Era of Climate Emergency

“Hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions. Hope is something you have to manifest into the world, and once one person has hope, it can be contagious.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams “So I’m curious,… »

29.06.2019

Asterix and the Myth of Money: the Trump-Kushner peace plan for the Middle East

Asterix and the Myth of Money: the Trump-Kushner peace plan for the Middle East

In 1976 René Goscinny wrote a script for his instalment of Asterix “Obelix and Co.” which turned out to be one of the best studies of neoliberal capitalism and the reasons for its failure. In short, tired of getting defeated by the pugnacious magic potion drinking Gauls who refuse to… »

26.06.2019

A green and just transition requires democratized public banks – Costa Rica style

A green and just transition requires democratized public banks – Costa Rica style

Public banks have far greater financial capacity than we think. We need to harness it for the good of people and planet. Thomas Marois for openDemocracy Public banks are resurgent, triggered by the failure of private finance to meaningfully confront the green transformation. But will resurgent public banks… »

25.06.2019

Corporate power and human destiny

Corporate power and human destiny

By Juan Gómez* We have witnessed over the past decades that humanity and its environment seem to be on the wrong track leading to their imminent destruction. The alarm signal was triggered by the depletion of some non-renewable natural resources, extinction of many animal species, atmospheric pollution, pollution of rivers… »

24.06.2019

Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

Mary Mellor, Northumbria University, Newcastle for The Conversation There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its creation. It can be composed of base metal, paper or electronic data – none of which is… »

16.06.2019

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

Economic growth: a short history of a controversial idea

The relentless pursuit of GDP growth is being challenged from environmental and well-being standpoints. But where did the idea come from? By Gareth Dale for openDemocracy The politics of economic growth are complex and contested as never before. In rich countries, rates of GDP growth have declined,… »

16.06.2019

Pressenza interviewed James Felton Keith

Pressenza interviewed James Felton Keith

Pressenza interviewed James Felton Keith during our “Perspectives from Utopia“ event in NYC on June 7. James is running for a seat in New York’s 13th Congressional District with the commitment of establishing an Universal Basic Income. https://youtu.be/_Mi-uGNdSxE… »

13.06.2019

The Economic Growth – Climate Change Conundrum: Is it the end of the road? Is there a way ahead?

The Economic Growth – Climate Change Conundrum: Is it the end of the road? Is there a way ahead?

By S G Vombatkere In the years immediately preceding World War II, Winston Churchill is quoted as having said: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing expedients, of delays, is coming to its close … … in its place we are entering a period of consequences”. World War II, purported… »

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