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SOS! Alternatives To Capitalism Needed Please

SOS! Alternatives To Capitalism Needed Please
By Errol Sharpe Originally published in www.rabble.ca Richard Swift’s book, SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism, is a much needed antidote to the myriad of political clap trap that spouts from our daily newspapers and much of our “left” journalism which suggests that capitalism can be reformed and regulated in such a way that an ecological and economic disaster can be avoided. Right of the bat, Swift speaks of “species suicide” in reference to ... Read more

New Work New Culture Conference

New Work New Culture Conference
October 18 - 20, 2014 Detroit, Michigan Samaritan Center 5555 Conner , Detroit, MI 48213 Convening activists, organizers, theorists, farmers, culture creators, builders, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs from all over the world! A better way is possible... and necessary... and already happening! Read more

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?
Above photo: Save Market Basket Rally, August 5, 2014. (Photo: Tim Carter) By Gar Alperovitz Originally published in TruthOut The Market Basket situation is indeed, as many commentators have remarked, nearly unprecedented in the annals of American labor relations: When have we ever seen so many workers protest so vigorously for, rather than against, their boss! (For those new to the story, the New England supermarket chain has been wracked ... Read more

Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability And Climate Stability

Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability And Climate Stability
By Sarah Streat and Katherine Paul Originally pubilshed in www.organicconsumers.org A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt In his opening address to the Savory Institute global conference in London on August 1,Alan Savory said that while agriculture is the foundation of civilization and of any stable economy, it is also, when poorly practiced, the most destructive industry—even more so than coal mining. The ... Read more

Banking At The Post Office Is Better Than Payday Loans

Banking At The Post Office Is Better Than Payday Loans
By Raul Carrillo, www.yesmagazine.org Above photo: New York City post office. By John Donges. The U.S. post office on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is a bastion on its Harlem block. Entrenched beside a pawnshop, a cash-for-gold business, and a commercial bank many in the neighborhood are unable to use, the facility is essentially a fortress. Complete with heavy brick walls, steel screens, vaults, ATMs, and armored trucks, the premises evoke ... Read more

Banking on New Mexico Symposium

Banking on New Mexico Symposium
September 27, 2014 Santa Fe, NM. Joining you at the Symposium will be members of economic development organizations, entrepreneurs, legislators, public officials, members of nonprofit organizations, and small businesses seeking funding. Read more

We Desperately Need A Global Monetary System That Doesn’t Rely On Big Banks

We Desperately Need A Global Monetary System That Doesn’t Rely On Big Banks
Banks are calling the shots. Everybody else loses. By Ellen Brown Originally published in Alternet Argentina has now taken the US to The Hague for blocking the country’s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy. Argentina was the richest country ... Read more

From “New Economy” To Cooperative Commonwealth

From “New Economy” To Cooperative Commonwealth
Above  photo: The Common Bound conference sponsored by the New Economy Coalition in Boston, MA on June 8, 2014. (Photo: New Economy Coalition / Flickr) By John De Graaf, Originally published in www.truthout.org Finally, this history is important for what it suggests about language. Thecooperative commonwealth was a powerfully evocative phrase . . . suggestive, but not definitive. The worldview it conjured was roomy – a big tent that could ... Read more

Hope and Ka-ching

Hope and Ka-ching
Finance, as Martin sees it, is the key to getting significant control of wealth into workers’ hands. “There is this myth of capitalism that says that the 1 percent invest productively, but the fact is, we don’t need them,” Martin explains. “They said, ‘If you don’t bail us out, there won’t be jobs.’ But their aim isn’t to make jobs; it’s to make money for themselves. Finance, as it is currently set up, is parasitic. It’s extractive. But what ... Read more