Archive | May, 2018

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Joe Cottonwood | Wells Fargo Bank

Noon, I’m next in line behind an old man. “I want to withdraw fourteen dollars,” he says. The teller, a young woman with a soft sweater, says “There’s only—let me check—yes—fifty-two cents.” “Are you sure?” “Yes.” She tilts her head. “Sorry.” The sorrow is genuine. He wears a pinstripe suit, frayed, wafting an ancient odor of smoke and earth. A smartly folded handkerchief, breast pocket, has a dark stain. His […]

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Gary Beck | Gathering place

I do not live on the land earning my daily bread in the canyon of cities, another exiled toiler totally dependent on the efforts of others to provide food, shelter, power, all the necessities to continue existence in an alien environment artificially constructed by congregating men for protection, security, most individuals unaware of the fragility of the means of supply. — Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life […]

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Beyond capitalism | Movies you might’ve missed

The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism In this videotaped lecture, historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz explains how “the next American revolution” is already under way in thousands of communities across the U.S. in the form of co-ops and community land trusts and municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability. Alperovitz draws upon years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work […]

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Kate Raworth | 7 ways to think like a 21st-century economist

No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future. Today’s economics students will be among the influential citizens and policymakers shaping human societies in 2050. But the […]

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