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What The Left Can Learn From The Lego Movie

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Lefties have harangued Barack Obama, even suggesting that Richard Nixon was more liberal. By doing this, the left has has succumbed to right-wing ideas about social change -- that it comes from great men, rather than collective action.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

In New York's Fight Over Charter Schools, a Tale of Two Cities (and Two Selves)

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Indeed, the center of the fight in NYC seems to be about what will happen when the considerable wealth and influence of a capitalist economy begins to remake the institution that was founded to be the ultimate safeguard of our democratic society.

The Greed Agenda Exposed

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business
Ryan Mack

What does a victory for the Greed Agenda mean? It means a cheap labor force of poor, uneducated, untrained, underpaid, hungry, and an underclass of individuals so desperate for income they will take any scraps thrown in their direction.

Poster City of Abandonment

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.13.2014 | Detroit
Robert Koehler

It's long been one of the country's designated loser cities, beginning in the 1960s, when change hit it hard. The phrase at the time was "urban blight," a social cancer with unexamined causes that, in the ensuing years, has gotten progressively worse.

Reality Check: Our Progress Has Come at an Unsustainable Price

John Friedman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When a system continues to produce the same results, one must conclude that the system, whether it was intended to produce those outcomes or not, is designed to produce those outcomes.

4 Ways to Evolve Beyond Capitalism

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Now that we're having a serious conversation about capitalism, we can also have a conversation about solutions. Along with calling out flaws of capitalism, I'm proposing four solutions that would fix the most glaring problems in capitalism and blaze a new path forward for the next generation.

Capital in the 21 Century: Still Mired in the 19th (See correction)

Dean Baker | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Thomas Piketty's new book on the history and future of capitalism is a bold attempt to pick up where Marx left off and correct what he got wrong. While there is much that is useful in this lengthy and well-written book, it owes too much to the master, and not in a good way.

Time For An Arab Economic Revolution: How Keynes Can Save The Arab Spring

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

There should be a serious debate on how to reinvent the Arab state, establishing a developmental regime that fosters a reorientation of the national economy towards industrial productivity, agricultural dynamism, and inclusive growth.

Let's Make Capitalism a Dirty Word

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Immediately upon entering adulthood, Americans are forced to compete for increasingly-scarce employment. The purpose of most employment isn't to create value for society or future generations, but to create profits for a scant few executives and shareholders.

The Perfect Threesome? Porn, Patriarchy and Capitalism

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Jennifer Ketcham

Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body.

The Way We Live Now: Costas Lapavitsas on the Financialization of Capitalism

David Adler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
David Adler

There is a feeling among the public that something is wrong, out of balance in the American economy, even though pundits assure us everything is looking good. The U.S. financial sector has recovered from the crash, but the "real" economy hasn't.

Paris Hilton Reads Epicurus

The Philosopher's Mail | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

The Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was one of the world's first and best analysts of the relationship between money and happiness. He was born ...

Capitalism 4.0 & Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Otto Scharmer

I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was sponsored...

Shifting the Social Field: Contemplation, Compassion, Collective Action

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Otto Scharmer

In a previous post, I blogged about my impressions of the World Economic Forum in Davos: about the increasing interest in mindfulness in mainstream ci...

Market Values Are Not MOOC Values

Louis Hyman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Louis Hyman

Rather than a triumph of individualistic, market values, the MOOC represents a democratic way to raise collective education. Rather than creating a uniform product consumed in isolation, MOOCs are more likely to restore critical conversations to the classroom--and the book club.

Collective Mindfulness: The Leader's New Work

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Otto Scharmer

Why is it that, across so many major systems, we collectively create results that nobody wants? Nobody wants to increase environmental destruction, poverty, cultural ADHD, or suicide. Yet we keep doing it. Why do we collectively recreate these patterns?

Marx Was Right: 5 Correct Predictions About Modern Capitalism

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

While Marx was wrong about some things, his writings accurately predicted several aspects of contemporary capitalism, from the Great Recession to the iPhone 5S in your pocket.

The Devil in the Pie Chart

Mark Morford | Posted 04.07.2014 | Money
Mark Morford

Here it is, the single most toxic, fossilized, hammered-down maxim our culture -- along with most of the barely civilized world -- lives by, pounded into our fundamental ethos since birth.

The Privatization Dilemma: Regulatory Crisis in the Philippines and Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

No One's World

Charles Kupchan | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Charles Kupchan

The West's power is fading, and emerging economies are gaining ground. In the near future, the world will have numerous centers of power, founded on alternative models. This change can take place in an orderly and peaceful way if the West recuperates its leadership role, and to do so, it will have to relaunch its economy and its democratic institutions. The twenty-first century will not belong to the United States, Europe or China. It will be no one's world.

This Is How Americans Are Grappling With Income Inequality

AP | By ADAM GELLER | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m. slumber when Neal Breen threads the mini-mansion subdivisions and sno...

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.

The Two Faces of Empire

Greg Grandin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Greg Grandin

Over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville's most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most recently of George W. Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq. But what's really frightening isn't our Ahabs.