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Is Capitalism All That Bad?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.27.2015 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Can Capital Be Just?

TED Blog | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

Can capital be just? As a firm believer in capitalism and the free market, Paul Tudor Jones II believes that it can be. Tudor is the founder of the Tu...

Entrepreneurs Funding Global Change

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

We have more tools than ever before to create positive change on a global scale - but perhaps the best tool is business rather than our traditional means of philanthropy.

A New Dark Age?

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 05.16.2015 | Home
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

We could be falling into the abyss of a new dark age where nationalism, populism, and xenophobia rules the world order in a sinister combination of fanaticism, ignorance, and anti-science. Unlikely? No. Look to history.

The Fetishism of Economic Growth

John Feffer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Ryszard Zoltaniecki is a sociologist who has also worked in the Polish foreign ministry, where he served as the ambassador to Greece. It was not long into our August 2013 interview in an outdoor café in Warsaw that we began to address larger questions like the European financial crisis. The economic setback, he pointed out, marked the end of an era.

Why Germany Shouldn't Take Its Economic Success for Granted

Jürgen Jeske | Posted 05.10.2015 | Home
Jürgen Jeske

FRANKFURT -- The central weakness of democratic systems also contributes to the problem: The quest for votes favors the extension of social benefits and discourages unpopular measures that would put the economy on a more sustainable footing. As the German economist Herbert Giersch once put it, what is politically expedient is rarely economically beneficial.

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

In Part 2 of an interview with the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Dasgupta shares his view of the contradictions and tensions of India's economic and political scenes. How does India's warlike capitalism co-exist with its deeply democratic spirit?

American Exceptionalism: A Crowning Contribution

Blake Kernen | Posted 05.06.2015 | Teen
Blake Kernen

There's been a lot of talk lately about American exceptionalism. Who believes in it, who doesn't, why it matters and what it even means.

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

The class bias of American politics has not only cost us our democracy. It has also cost us our jobs, our health, and our security. For years, the recovery was crippled by the politics of austerity, as a bipartisan coalition took a butcher's knife to the public sector, and as balanced budgets took precedence over basic needs.

How India's Traumatic Capitalism Is Reshaping the World

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Novelist Rana Dasgupta recently turned to nonfiction to explore the explosive social and economic changes in Delhi starting in 1991, when India launched a series of transformative economic reforms.

Vietnam, Revisited

John Graham | Posted 05.03.2015 | Home
John Graham

Fifty years ago America's leaders told us that if we lost Saigon it would be just the first domino to tip over as the juggernaut of International Communism smashed through the defenses of Capitalism. Now I am back, for the first time.

What Piketty Gets Wrong About the Third World

Hernando de Soto | Posted 04.27.2015 | Home
Hernando de Soto

LIMA -- The wars over capital have already begun right under Europe's nose in the Middle East and North Africa. Quite the contrary to what may be true for Europe, Piketty misses the glaring evidence that these wars are not revolts of the poor against capital but of the poor for capital.

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.