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Capitalism

Privatization Has Been a Colossal Flop

Allen Frances | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

We have to face the fact that our massive privatization of what once were government functions has been a failure. There are some public services that get really loused up when done privately and for profit.

Piketty: 'I Want To Contribute To A Democratization Of Economic Knowledge'

The WorldPost | Peter Mellgard | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

French economist Thomas Piketty recently explained what he hoped his landmark book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, would accomplish. "I want ...

Baltimore Left Behind by Capitalism

Cody Cain | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

If we wish to get serious about helping the poor underclass instead of just policing it, then we must be honest about what is causing it. We must be willing to face our own imperfections as a society. It's time. And we can handle it.

Capitalism: The Preserve of Psychopaths or Saints?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Put simply, if we don't find ways to offer economic opportunity to more than a privileged few, there will be no shortage of other -- more destructive and terrifying -- opportunities offered to them by others elsewhere.

The Market Before the Market in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
John Feffer

In the 1980s, economist Marcin Swiecicki was at the center of the discussions over the path of economic reform in Poland. We talked about his perspective on the economic changes that took place after 1990, his accomplishments as mayor, and his view of the political situation today in Poland.

The Fallacy in the Culture Wars: The Individual vs. the Collective

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.15.2016 | Religion
Dave Pruett

At the root of the culture wars lies a fundamental dichotomy in worldviews. Which is more essential to humanity: the individual or the collective?

The Moral Revolution in East-Central Europe

John Feffer | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
John Feffer

Some of the most powerful critiques of the Communist governments in East-Central Europe were moral. Vaclav Havel, for instance, argued that the regimes, with their propaganda and inequalities and corruption, were built on a foundation of lies. He proposed the alternative of "living in truth."

5 Money Lessons From Monopoly

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Money
David A. Dedman

1. Monopoly teaches us budgeting. It's a really simple, visual lesson. When you look down and you start to run low on that pretty pastel play money, you know you're in trouble.

Apple and the Simple Case for Capitalism

Richard Koch | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Richard Koch

Twenty-one years after the stunning introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, Apple continues to astonish.

Vietnam War 40 Years Later: Capitalism Trumps Ideology

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.01.2016 | World
Andrew Lam

Forty years have passed since the Vietnam War ended, and a parade was staged in Ho Chi Minh City, formally Saigon, to commemorate that date. Yet despite the fanfare, debates rage on both sides of the Pacific as to who really won and who lost that war.

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

From the Sparks of Hope and Frustration: Towards a New Sustainable Economy

Michael Townsend | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Michael Townsend

Hope often travels hand-in-hand with frustration. While a new system is desirable and possible, and that change is already under way, we are currently nowhere near a tipping point, whereby the new system takes over from the old, rendering it obsolete, and transforming into a new (sustainable) mainstream.

Is Capitalism All That Bad?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Victor M. Feraru

Why is capitalism bad for the world? Stephanie McMillan, an award winning writer and political cartoonist attempts to answer that question and explain what capitalism means to those who don't have a lifetime to study its concepts, in her book Capitalism Must Die.

Stepping Up the Ante Pre-Paris 2015

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Modeled on the same campaign used to blacklist supporters of apartheid South Africa, the fossil fuel divestment movement has gained serious global traction over the past 12 months.

The $15 Minimum Wage Is Only the First Step

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The fight for the $15 minimum wage needs to be seen as part of a larger struggle. The results of a successful fight for a higher minimum wage will be positive for a limited time. Fighting for a higher wage in the United States must be accompanied by fighting for better working conditions and wages globally.

Business Owner Sets Minimum Wage for Employees. Limbaugh Calls That Socialism. I Call Him Ignorant.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Rush, let me talk to you the way I'd talk to someone who knows absolutely nothing about the differences between capitalism and socialism. When a business owner decides on a wage policy for his employees, that is something that only happens in capitalism. In socialism, the government doesn't just set a minimum wage; it determines all wages.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Catherine Karnow's Vietnam: Documenting a Changing Country

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Andrew Lam

The drab, impoverished and immobile nation that Catherine saw when she first visited in 1990 quickly shifted under her lens. And fascinated, she kept coming back.

Who Really Controls Wall Street, and Why It Matters

Nourish International | Posted 05.31.2015 | Business
Nourish International

We have to remember that the same banks responsible for so much of the financial strife, confusion, and crisis are guided by social forces. When we believe our financial systems are beyond our control, we neglect our responsibility to those most impacted by its flaws.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

Poland's Luckiest Generation

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

We are also trying to diminish the influence of the Church in Poland. Poland is a very conservative country. We are definitely for secularism. And we are not for the unlimited free market deciding everything. Some things cannot be managed in a business way.

The Growing Right Arm of For-Profit Prisons

Mona Shattell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Sentencing reform will reduce prison populations, but privately run post-release housing, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment programs will not be affected by these measures.

Wealth vs. Money

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The world we've created is governed these days by two unquestioned principles: commodify and dominate. And it's chewing up the resources that used to belong to every occupant of the planet. It's the opposite of the philosophy that what we do as individuals we do for the good of the whole, and, indeed, there is no separation between the individual and the whole.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

The Illusion of Work-Life Balance

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

We may be getting closer to re-blending work and life, to understanding that work is not 'separate from' but 'part of'' life. Thinking of the expectations of the younger generation to bring their creativity into the workplace, I wonder if the next hot topic will be: How to maintain your work-play balance. Stay tuned.