Articles about Money & Economics
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The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism
I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recently — in private where they felt comfortable letting their guard down — about the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk...
5 Articles Pointing the Way Toward a Post-Capitalist World
Sometimes when you are living within a system of oppression it is difficult to even see that the system exists, let alone imagine alternative ways of living and organising...
The Global Architecture of Wealth Extraction
Wealth inequality has reached truly epic proportions — with 62 individuals amassing the same aggregate wealth as 3.7 billion. Most of us intuitively sense that this outcome...
Five Dangerous Thoughts about Capitalism
Our system of modern capitalism is just one story; it is not the only one there is. It’s not inherent within us. It isn’t some inevitable expression of predefined Human Nature...
Why Don't We Feel as Burned by the Panama Papers as We Do by Donald Trump?
Outrage abounds these days, but the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention
Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies
 When maximizing profits isn’t the only goal, companies can actually work better.
The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It's That Bad.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated for an up-or-down vote in Congress. Proponents say it’s about free trade. But it looks more like corporate colonization.
More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: This Time, They're Coming for Your Democracy
Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” Today, he says “things have just gotten so much worse.”
The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the...
Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and Its Main Thinkers
“We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras” is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies...
We Really, Really Need to Talk About Money
Dora Meade on finding out how money is really created and why we prefer not to talk about it
How to Be an Anticapitalist Today
Anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative.
How to Get Rid of Your Landlord and Socialize American Housing, in 3 Easy Steps
Homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and the housing bubble are all rooted in privatized housing.
This Speech by Fred Hampton Shows Why The Establishment Found The Black Panther Party So Threatening
Fred Hampton participatied in a mock people’s trial, where he articulates why the Black Panther Party, and he as a leader within the party, was being viciously targeted by the...
On the Meaning of Capitalism, We Don't Agree
Within conversations on the left, many of us use the term "capitalism," but we aren't all using it to mean the same thing. Among both its champions and opponents, capitalism...
Inequality Is the Biggest Threat to the World
People often think that a certain level of inequality is normal in our societies, says the social geographer Danny Dorling. But the gap between the superrich and the rest of us...
My (Apparently) Obligatory Response To 'Formation': In List Form
1. I have actively avoided saying anything about Beyoncé's new song and video. I don't think they are interesting, important or deserving of my commentary. That as a Black...
Identity Politics and the Struggle Against Oppression
In the search for a way to fight against discrimination and oppression, many young people in particular embrace identity politics. It can be an important first step towards the...
After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here's Why.
A crash course in social democracy.
"Meritocracy" as Propaganda Lie and False Assumption
I witnessed this bumper sticker, decked out in bright red, white, and blue lettering, attached to the post holding my neighbors’ mailbox this week as I walked my dogs during...
Beyonce and the Politics of Cultural Dominance
I confess, I am a culturally alienated, old, disconnected 1960s and ‘70s radical trying to live and struggle for revolutionary change in a world that might have passed me by...
Varoufakis Leads European Left to Reclaim Democracy From "Authoritarian Technocrats"
Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 seeks to find 'common solutions to common problems,' says former Greek finance minister
The Great Global Slowdown: What’s Next?
If you have a pension, or a string of ISAs, then you are watching – for the second time in a decade – your wealth destroyed. European stock markets are now 20 per cent off...
Just Who Exactly Benefits Most From the Global Giving of Billionaires Like Bill Gates?
Is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promoting the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of social and economic justice?
Davos and the Dangers to Democracy
It’s an all-too-easy event to mock. It’s hard to keep a straight face when the world’s rich arrive annually in their private jets to the luxury ski-resort of Davos to express...
62 People Have More Wealth Than Half the World, Top 1% Have More Than All of Us
Just 62 individuals now hold the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, the bottom half of the entire planet — a shocking statistic made even more alarming when...
The Illusion of Freedom - Why Corporate Systems of Power Must Be Destroyed
The seizure of political and economic power by corporations is unassailable. Who funds and manages our elections? Who writes our legislation and laws? Who determines our...
To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income
Under the plan receiving support by 70 percent of the country, every adults would receive a monthly allotment of €800
How the Elite Deal With Sparks of Revolt
“I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half” —Jay Gould Metanoia Films has released a new documentary, Plutocracy: Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule)...
Endless Economic Growth is Fundamentally Unsustainable
The belief that economic growth can be detached from destruction appears to be based on a simple accounting mistake.
Portugal Rejoices as Anti-Austerity Left Coalition Forms to Oust Right Wing
Socialists, Communists, and Left Bloc unite in 'unprecedented' coalition to end years of punishing cuts
Another Money Is Possible: Will the Scotpound Succeed as a Parallel Currency?
Many people think money makes the world go around, or the global economy at least. They consider it in a similar way that gravity holds the planet in orbit. But this is...
6 Artists Illustrate What Debt Means to Them
For our Debt Issue, we explored ways we could turn the tables on the bankers, rethink the soul-crushing nature of debt, and find routes to get out of it. Because the shame and...
This Map Should Change the Way You Think About Foreign Aid
Critics of foreign aid often argue that it's ineffective at generating sustainable economic development or truly helping the world's poor. But as this great map from the cost...
'Worse Than We Thought': TPP a Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
'President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,' says Friends of the Earth
Beyond Dystopian Visions in the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism
George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the...
The Soviet Union Versus Socialism
When the world's two great propaganda systems agree on some doctrine, it requires some intellectual effort to escape its shackles. One such doctrine is that the society...
CEOs Panic: Europe Rules Corporate Tax Loopholes Are "Illegal"
The European Commission’s ruling is the result of years of sustained activism from anti-austerity groups like UK Uncut.
Poverty Goals? No, It's Extreme Wealth We Should Be Targeting
If we had focused on the real causes of poverty over the past 30 years we probably wouldn’t need the United Nations’ sustainable development goals now
Resenting Hipsters
The fetishization of work feeds the politics of resentment. It’s time to instead embrace the language of economic and social rights.
The Next VW Scandal
Buried in the minutes of an obscure new quango is evidence of vast corporate capture of the UK government.
Swedish Band 'The Knife' Nail Central Flaw of The UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Brilliant satirical comic imagines what policy would look like if the UN focused on eliminating extreme wealth.
Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared of Capitalism, Not Robots
According to world famous physicist Stephen Hawking, the rising use of automated machines may mean the end of human rights – not just jobs. But he’s not talking about robots...
Any Job Isn't Necessarily a Good Job for People Out of Work
There can be no doubt that the job market has been more resilient since the financial crisis than many imagined. Unemployment did not rise as far as was feared and the recovery...
Tired of Capitalism? There Could Be a Better Way.
Capitalism is a coercive economic system that creates persistent patterns of economic deprivation. Governments have typically dealt with capitalism’s more misery-inducing...
Seven Everyday Things Poor People Worry About That Rich People Never Do
It isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it's poor people's thoughts that differ from everyone else's.
Capitalism Can't Be "Less Greedy" - the Greed Is Baked In
More people lately are identifying capitalism as the underlying cause of our current global troubles and crises. That’s certainly positive: the first step toward cure is a...
None of the World's Top Industries Would Be Profitable If They Paid for the Natural Capital They Use
The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance...
Why Some Companies in Sweden are Shifting to a 6-Hour Work Day
Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And...
The Painful Facts, State-By-State: How We're Victimized by Corporate State Tax Avoidance
Corporate data from numerous sources, including annual reports directly from the companies themselves, has been merged and matched and managed into two spreadsheets that...