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How Central Banks Harness Governments

How Central Banks Harness Governments
The ECB’s Noose Around Greece. Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the ... Read more

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings.

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings.
Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains. By Olivia LaVecchia in Yes! Magazine This article was produced by the Institute for Local ... Read more

The Greek Debt Interim Agreement: Necessary Step or Sell-Out?

The Greek Debt Interim Agreement: Necessary Step or Sell-Out?
Syriza’s severe critics should assess the situation as it is, using their heads, instead of just passionately declaring all is lost because they didn’t get everything they wanted immediately and overnight on February 28th. By Jack Rasmus in TeleSur [Above photo: Protesters hold a giant ... Read more

Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement

Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement
How can we scale up the cooperative movement without losing our cooperative values?  That is the question contributors seek to answer in this collection of essays.  Contributors include Hilary Abell, Michael Johnson, Joe Guinan and Caitlin Quigley, along with contributing editors Thomas Hanna, Andrew McLeod ... Read more

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism”

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism”
Is it possible to imagine a new sort of synthesis or synergy between the emerging peer production and commons movement on the one hand, and growing, innovative elements of the co-operative and solidarity economy movements on the other?  By David Bollier in Bollier.org That was the animating question behind a ... Read more

How Public Banking is Winning the West

How Public Banking is Winning the West
You’ll read a lot about activism in this story, but most of it won’t sound terribly sexy or radical. There will be no black masks, no broken barricades or cops bashing skulls. Instead, what you’ll read about is hard work, lots of research about banks and economics and feasibility studies and cost-benefit ... Read more