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Capitalism

Growing Up, Falling in Love

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Robert Koehler

We have to begin thinking and organizing ourselves beyond the arbitrary constraints of nations and beyond our current, resource-devouring economic system. We have to imagine a global culture that doesn't pit humanity against nature.

For Capitalism to Survive, Crime Must Not Pay

Bruce Judson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

A corporation that knowingly breaks the law will find ways to profit through illegal means that are not available to competitors. As a consequence, the competitive playing field is biased toward the company that does not need to follow the rules.

The End of Capitalism -- So What's Next?

Prof. Klaus Schwab | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Prof. Klaus Schwab

Even though capitalism has not been laid to rest, it is fair to say that capital is losing its status as the most important factor of production in our economic system. Capital is being superseded by the ability to innovate -- and therefore by human talents.

The New Capitalists

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
Brian LaSorsa

I really don't blame them, these corporations. They're old men trying to make a living in a young economy. If our business models were as terrible as theirs, we'd fight in support of protectionist legislation, too.

The Frog and the Scorpion

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

Global capitalism -- including in China, despite its self-styled socialism with Chinese characteristics" -- is in its most severe crisis since the great crash of the 1930s. The question is, can any country make a system with serious built-in flaws function for all of its people?

The Third Industrial Revolution: How the Internet, Green Electricity, and 3-D Printing Are Ushering in a Sustainable Era of Distributed Capitalism

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Technology
Jeremy Rifkin

In the same way that the Internet radically reduced entry costs in generating and disseminating information, giving rise to new businesses like Google and Facebook, additive manufacturing has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of producing hard goods.

Rediscovering Government

Jeff Madrick | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business
Jeff Madrick

There is no economy without government; there is no America without government. If all this seems a little elementary, it serves a point. The language we use suggests at the outset an assumption that government should be limited.

A Disturbing Trend

Jared Moffat | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Jared Moffat

Amid a struggling economy and a ballooning student debt crisis, parents and students are reevaluating the merits of a college education. There is no simple answer, because the return on investment depends on what you study.

Makers, Takers and $2-a-Dayers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The right pushes a delusional narrative of a country divided between "makers and takers" -- productive go-getters versus welfare-hungry sloths. But it's all too clear who the real takers are: the ones who make it harder for everyone else to make a living.

Pursuing Happiness: A Declaration of Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
Russell C. Smith

What a grand gesture. The pursuit of happiness -- codified into the founding document of a newly emerging nation. Happiness as an ideal to reach for and maybe not ever attain.

"Occupy Rousseau" and Challenge Inequality in America

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

Jean-Jacques Rousseau proclaimed in his Social Contract that men, though born free, were everywhere in chains. Astonishingly, three centuries later, inequality continues to dog capitalism and taint democracy's legitimacy -- worse now even than back then.

Are Bankers Capitalists?

Bruce Judson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

Wall Street, which should be the heart of American capitalism, has instead become the heart of a dysfunctional system that is destroying the nation's wealth.

Beyond Firm-Level Sustainable Capitalism

John Fullerton | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
John Fullerton

We need the sustainable business community to join the ongoing systems level conversation about how to make the whole global economy truly sustainable, not merely less unsustainable.

How CEOs Can Save Capitalism

Ed Lawler | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

CEOs should receive executive compensation packages that only pay off well for them when their organization is producing good returns for its employees, its shareholders and the environment.

If "Corporations Are People, Too [My Friend]," Shouldn't They Behave Ethically?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Corporations can take the lead in reforming their policies and practices, and re-positioning their branding accordingly -- thereby elevating the public's perception of their products and services -- as Good Corporate Citizens.

In Phase 2, Occupy Movement Needs a More Nuanced View of Capitalism

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Excoriating corporations isn't going to bring about the changes we need. We need to delve into the incentives and the decision rules that shape behavior of those on both sides of the table.

Why Inequality Matters: The Housing Crisis, Our Justice System & Capitalism

Bruce Judson | Posted 04.21.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

Obama has declared income inequality to be "the defining issue of our time." I agree, but I am terrified that the most recent news related to the housing settlement is not the definition the president intends.

A Better Form of Capitalism: Consumer Behavior Matters

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Three recent examples of corporations or organizations behaving badly, and the immediate, negative backlash among their respective consumers and supporters, demonstrate the power possessed by "We the People" when we are socially conscious and take immediate action.

Apple's China Comes Home to Haunt Us

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

If the habits required of Apple's workforce in China are to be emulated, the U.S. military, or perhaps our outsized prison system, should become the essential schooling system for American workers to better compete with the properly disciplined assemblers of iPhones in China.

Living for Change: 'Healing Civilization'

Grace Lee Boggs | Posted 04.14.2012 | Detroit
Grace Lee Boggs

Naranjo's book is a fascinating example of the diverse roads by which serious thinkers in different fields are arriving at the conclusion that we have come to the end of the period of pursuing rapid economic growth.

Saving Us From the Bottom

Jim Worth | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Jim Worth

Time is running out so we, collectively, must demand a change in direction -- a radical change that will reestablish the middle-class and strengthen the nation's economy.

A Tale of Two Romneys

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

My Dickensian title is not about a tale of the three Mitt Romneys of left, right and center who have emerged as pretenders when convenient over the years. Rather, this is a tale of two Romneys named George and Mitt.

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

In Defense of Capitalism: Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

John Friedman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Wanting a better life for one's self and one's significant others is the strength behind capitalism. The quick-buck-and-the-heck-with-the-consequences attitude that became so vogue in the dot.com era was not and is not typical. For most of the history of capitalism 'built to last' was the norm.