Articles about Economics
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The Great Deceleration
In 2015, a major study of 24 indicators of human activity and environmental decline titled ‘The Great Acceleration’ concluded that, “The last 60 years have without doubt seen...
The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization
Look to Norway and Sweden, where cooperative, socially democratic countries emerged after a frightening period of extreme polarization and social fracturing.
We Are All Deplorables
We can't battle the bigotry stoked by Trump without a strategy to alleviate the economic misery behind it, writes Chris Hedges.
Living Through the Death of Capitalism
Now is the time to hold strong to our humanity. The world is changing quickly and much is at stake. It is even possible that our entire global civilization will collapse in...
Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: a Culture Without Fear
In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch...
The American Way: Socialism for the Rich, Free Enterprise for the Rest
While it's not entirely clear who coined the phrase "socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the rest," its ability to provoke — and, more importantly, to describe — is...
Donald Trump Is the Mirror and Hillary Clinton Is the Mask
Disclaimer: I do not support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. I think the scope of the political debate is far too narrow for the kinds of actions that need to...
Capitalism Killing You? Income Sharing Could Save Our Lives
“Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away,” Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi wrote in a personal blog post over a decade ago. “Being poor is a heater in only one room...
Native Liberation: the Way Forward
These were the concluding remarks to the first annual Native Liberation 2016 Conference convened at the Larry Casuse Center in Albuquerque, NM on Aug. 13, 2016. Nick Estes is a...
Debt, Inequality and the Logic of Financial Violence
Five years after Occupy, organizer and anthropologist David Graeber speaks to ROAR about the power of finance, the history of inequality and the legacy of the movement.
Goodbye Democracy and Capitalism
Shifting to new paradigms to replace dysfunctional ones.
The Battle Over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
What those striking are now bravely confronting in Atlantic City should resonate deeply with American workers, their unions, and beyond
How a Traffic Offense Can Be a Ticket to Prison
How can a traffic offense get you a ticket to prison? The answer is, “Quite easily if you’re poor!” Let’s take a look at the system of court fines and then correct it, our...
Money Can't Buy Life
The Economic Enigma of Money vs Life: [A Social Value Disorder]
Pope Francis: Capitalism Is 'Terrorism Against All of Humanity'
Pope Francis argues that modern economy's worship of 'god of money' leads to disenfranchisement and extremism
Solidarity Is About What You Do - Not Who You Are.
I am Black. I capitalize Black and leave white lowercased. Sure, it’s the accepted spelling, but really I do it because it feels good. My family lived in Missouri, but my...
7 Solutions We Can Support Right Now to Transition to a Resource Based Economy
One of the downsides of presenting such a visionary solution to our global crisis is that it's hard to know where to begin, beyond raising awareness. The gap between where we...
Post-Brexit, The Far Right Could Easily Ascend to Power, But There's One Way We Can Prevent That
Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has wiped out many bankers and global speculators. They will turn, as they did in 2008, to governments to rescue them from...
Expropriation or Bust: on the Illegitimacy of Wealth and Why It Must Be Recuperated
Election seasons bring with them a renewed interest in politics. For most that couldn't care less about such concerns, election season becomes, for at least a moment, a time to...
After Brexit: We Must Unite the Working Class Across Europe to Defeat Neoliberalism and the Far Rght
The following is a statement by the Left Unity Executive Committee following the outcome of the referendum vote in the UK: Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU...
The Left Should Celebrate Brexit: The UK Just Kicked Neoliberalism in the Nuts
It is a sad and ironic indictment on the state of the global Left and the progressive agenda, that the very compelling reasons to support a Brexit have been lost amongst the...
Distorting Fascism to Sanitize Capitalism
The facile and indiscriminate use of the term fascism has led to a widespread misunderstanding and misuse of its meaning. Asked to define fascism, most people would respond in...
Should the United Kingdom Leave the European Union?: Challenging Eurosceptics on the British Economy
On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom will vote to decide whether the country is to remain or leave the European Union. For the first time in a generation, the general public...
World's Banks Driving Climate Chaos With Hundreds of Billions in Extreme Energy Financing
Wall Street continues to back the most polluting fossil fuel industries "at the expense of some of the most vulnerable communities on the planet," states new report
Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
When attending meetings with peace and justice activists, I often find myself the only business person in the room. Inevitably, someone makes a comment about the evils of...
Money and the Divine Masculine
I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man...
The Three Stories of Our Time
In any great adventure, there are always obstacles in the way. The first hurdle is just to be aware that we, as a civilization and as a species, are facing a crisis point. When...
Planetary Crisis: We Are Not All in This Together
“Climate change and extreme weather events are not devastating a random selection of human beings from all walks of life. There are no billionaires among the dead, no corporate...
David Graeber: Why Deregulation Is Actually Expanding Bureaucracy
The current economic system advances through free trade and deregulation; the American Dream has been outsourced globally. This has created a bureaucratic nightmare, asserts...
A Monthly Income Just for Being Human, and Other Sensible Ideas
Unconditional basic income, a policy option that seems radical by American standards, is gaining new traction across Europe, Canada, and even a few places in the United States...
We Should Look Beyond Economics and Open Our Eyes to Beauty
We seem to have forgotten that the human spirit is not satisfied by material progress alone. It’s time for us to reconnect with nature
Beyond the Zero-Empathy Matrix
To be, or not to be: that is the question.” —Hamlet “Psychopaths are capable of taking the perspective of somebody else, but only to take better advantage of you. They’re...
"The Divide" Shows Inequality on the Big Screen
Inequality represents simultaneously a cornerstone and a weak link in today's capitalism. The idea that wealth creation for the few benefits the many is a core myth of the...
The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany's Assault on the IMF
Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek “leftwing” government into a pawn of Germany’s banks, Germany now finds the IMF in the way of...
The Boiling Pot of 2016
On the surface, things appear normal. The status quo of life in America circa 2016 isn’t to everyone’s liking, but at least the system is still working after a fashion. The...
After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure
Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report, entitled, “Neoliberalism...
World's Low-Cost Economy Built on the Backs of 46 Million Modern Day Slaves
'Business leaders who refuse to look into the realities of their own supply chains are misguided and irresponsible.'
Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm
In facing up to the many profound crises of our time, we face a conundrum that has no easy resolution: how are we to imagine and build a radically different system while...
How to Bootstrap a Bossless Organization in 3 Easy Steps
My first impression at OuiShare Fest was a weird utopian blockchain mania: a poorly understood but massively hyped technology that will somehow fix all our social, political...
Beyond Trump: Disrupt, Defuse, Compete
To defeat the current upsurge in right-wing populism, progressives will need to disrupt, defuse, and – critically – compete for portions of its constituency.
Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe
In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in the media and social networks...
How to Stay Human
Neoliberalism encourages us to treat every aspect of our lives as if it were on sale in a marketplace: is it an anti-spiritual project?
Changing Everything Except What Needs Changing: What's Missing From The Renewable Energy Debate
Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon...
Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission
'What we want today is for this movement to spread,' says unionist.
Who Is Creating the Future Nobody Wants?
Here’s an amazing fact: It’s 2016 and humanity is collectively moving toward a future that nobody wants. We are literally going somewhere that will hurt every single one of...
The Pain You Feel Is Capitalism Dying
I know it hurts — but what you are feeling (alongside millions of others) is the natural consequence of late-stage capitalism.
Confessions of a Panama Papers Hit Man
As an Economic Hit Man (EHM) in the 1970s I spent a great deal of time in Panama. I hate to admit it, but I helped forge the system that has now been exposed in the Panama...
Neoliberalism - the Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all.
Neocons and Neolibs: How Dead Ideas Kill
Hillary Clinton wants American voters to be very afraid of Donald Trump, but there is reason to fear as well what a neoconservative/neoliberal Clinton presidency would mean for...
'Why? and Why Now?' Panama Papers 'John Doe' Steps Out of Shadows
Anonymous whistleblower says "Panama Papers are, if nothing else, a glaring symptom of our society's progressively diseased and decaying moral fabric."