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Capitalism

A Makeover for Capitalism

John G. Taft | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
John G. Taft

Capitalism is at an inflection point. While its next iteration is a work in progress, what is clear is that capitalism will need to evolve and change to retain its status as the world's dominant socio-economic model. And it will need to do a better job of delivering what society really wants.

Shared Resources and Expectations

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Joel Tauber

I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Boston that felt both nurturing and stifling. If anyone in the community struggled financially, they knew that tzedeka (or charity) would be raised to sustain them

Valentine's Day: 20 Stories on Love, Chocolate, Roses, Secrets, Bromance, Breakups and Diamonds

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

For Valentine's Day, we dug through the Democracy Now! archives to bring you these 20 stories. 1. Love Has No Color Just two years ago, a group of...

War and Perpetual Adolescence

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

While the USA has always been a warrior culture, built on a foundation of conquest and exploitation, that's only been part of the picture. Movements of liberation and the expansion of the mantle of humanity have always been a part of the picture as well, but today they seem less so than I can remember. Why?

When You Can't Trust Your Herbals, What's Left on the Left?

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

The investigation of something so relatively benign as echinacea, ginseng, ginkgo biloba and Saint John's Wort may not seem like a big story. But some stories have a way of laying their finger gently on the pulse of the national culture and political mood. This one does just that.

A Call for Stakeholder Activists

Marc Benioff | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Marc Benioff

We now have an imperative to address expanding economic disparity and environmental hazards, which are adding fuel to geopolitical tensions around the world, and to reassess the role of business can play in improving the world for future generations.

Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks and Patriots Star in NFL's Annual Progressive Pageant

Raymond Barrett | Posted 04.03.2015 | Sports
Raymond Barrett

When you sit down to enjoy the Super Bowl, enjoy a healthy side of irony with your wings. In much of Europe, soccer embraces a rapacious form of capitalism that would make Mitt Romney blush, whereas in the U.S., the NFL eschews the blue and white heat of high finance for a philosophy that is tinged with more than a touch of red.

Globalization, 21st Century Style: The National Security State Goes Global

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness was endlessly hailed? It was the era of "globalization," of Washington-style capitalism triumphant, and the planet, we were told, would be growing ever "flatter" until we all ended up in the same mall.

Beyond the Rum and Cigars

John M. Eger | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
John M. Eger

On a trip to Cuba recently, it was clear to me that change is in the air. It wasn't just that President Obama and Raúl Castro had agreed to see if relations could be normalized, nor was it an admission that communism had failed. Rather, it seems to be an understanding that some form of capitalism is sorely needed to breathe life into the Cuban economy.

State of the Union/States of Fear

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

For this cultural critic, it is interesting to consider what was left unsaid during SOTU's repartee of call and response. Here are a few issues that are perhaps too socially, culturally and politically sensitive for discussion in the SOTU public sphere.

Who Will Be the One to Rule Us All?

Creston Davis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Creston Davis

In the past, the "Master of the Universe" was nearly always about controlling things through sheer violent force mixed with military tactics. But now, I'd suggest the rules of the game have shifted from military (direct violence) to financial (indirect violence).

Advice to Potential Republican Presidential Candidates

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

As the lineup is shaping up, it looks like it could be similar to previous elections: There will be a long list of equally unappealing candidates. Some dull person will be selected, having little chance to win against any potential Democratic candidate.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

What Happened to Poland's Red Capitalists?

John Feffer | Posted 03.13.2015 | Home
John Feffer

In Poland in the late 1980s, Polish sociologist Jadwiga Staniszkis began writing about "political capitalists." These were colloquially known as "red capitalists" -- technocrats and enterprise managers who were technically part of the Communist system but had already begun to function like capitalists.

Warhol Capitalism

Markus Giesler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

We live in a world of soaring inequality. It is our choice if we want to tell the same old stories, or if we want to create a vision of economic life that truly integrates competing value systems.

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

You Must Change Your Life

Otto Scharmer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Otto Scharmer

We live on a razor's edge. From one instant to another, any of us can regress to yesterday's mindset or connect with an emerging future possibility.

Global Innovation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our daily givers are honored to support this week.

How 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Critiques Our Culture

Meg DeBussey | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Meg DeBussey

Evidently the real dangers to society are those at the top of the social hierarchy, those whom appear to be innocuous and hide in plain sight. As current events have shown, this is a woefully true observation.

"Money: Master The Game:" Book Review

Ira Israel | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is astonishing that someone so bright and well-intentioned does not see the hypocrisy in calling taxes a "drag," "destructive" and "the culprit" and then complaining that money was "slashed" from an entitlement program.

How You Function When You Can't Breathe

Stephen Phelps | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Stephen Phelps

When a system fails, it is easy (or necessary) to locate a breakdown. When a system is working, however, it is impossible to identify just what is working. Everything is working. In a business, for example, the visible and measurable is working reasonably well.

Conservatives Versus Liberals

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

I propose that we abandon using the term "conservative" and replace it with the term "capitalist" in the meaning of a supporter of capitalism. Similarly, I suggest that we abandon using the term "liberal" or "progressive" and replace it with "socialist" as a supporter of socialism.

SHOUT

Peter Buffett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

By removing the connections to nature and to our nature -- one by one -- we have slipped into unconsciousness. Our agricultural systems, education policies, political structures and market economies all contribute to the increasingly open wound of disconnection.