The Time for Public Banks Has Come!

By Betsy Bowman

The colossal abuse of the public by private banks can be stopped by public banks acting in the public’s interest.   read more

 

21st CENTURY SOCIALISM: A NORTH-SOUTH CONVERGENCE

by Cliff DuRand  

As progressive forces in the global North and South have looked for another way forward, they are converging on a remarkably similar vision. The principles that move this vision are subsidiarity (or localism), participation, and cooperation, all of which empower people and nurture human development.    read more 

 

THE CO-OP WAY

by Cliff DuRand

It’s as American as apple pie.  In small town America it was normal for neighbors to work together to raise a barn or maintain a commons. The competitive world of corporate capitalism has tended to atomize and separate us. This does not help us confront our epoch’s massive problems.    read more 

 

REFLECTIONS ON MOVING BEYOND CAPITALISM

By Cliff DuRand

We have all become so dependent on the corporate system of capitalism, that we feel there is no alternative but to save it when it collapses.  In the 2008 financial collapse the popular will was to abandon the bankers, but most people went along with the rescue of a system that had lost its legitimacy in their eyes.  Our response to this dilemma should be to DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM WALL STREET.   Read more 

 

WHY 21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM?

by Cliff DuRand

A bullet point summary of the differences between 20th century state socialism and 21st century socialism.   read it here  

 

MOVING BEYOND CAPITALISM

by Cynthia Kaufman

After many years in which the idea of challenging capitalism felt wildly unrealistic and where people thinking about the question rarely had new ideas, there is freshness and excitement in the community of scholars and activists coming from around the world to discuss this subject.  read more

 

ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY

by David Schweickart

What would a genuinely democratic economy look like?  Here philosopher David Schweickart outlines his vision.    read it here

 

MOVING BEYOND WORDS

by Peter Weisberg  

“Moving Beyond Capitalism” for me, is about visions.  Alternative visions for a world desperately in need of a change in trajectory.  I'm talking about the visions that emerge from the hard work of people in numerous communities throughout the world, who are building alternative models for workplaces, financial structures, trade relationships, artistic creations, revitalizing the commons, governmental institutions and world outlooks, all of which place the needs of people and the well being of the planet above the interests of wealthy individuals, corporate capitalism and the governmental power fed by the entities that lack a human value system.    read more

 

COMMUNITY BASED ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY 

by Chris White, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

With growing recognition that the economy fails to serve the interests of most people, alternative institutions and processes based on economic democracy are beginning to pop up everywhere – in the global North and South alike.  In the U.S. this movement is called by some “the New Economy”, in Latin America ”21st Century Socialism.”  People are joining a global movement to create structures grounded in democratic control of community wealth – an economy of, by, and for the people.    read more

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