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

Meg DeBussey | Posted 12.28.2014 | 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.

How Tony Robbins' "Money: Master The Game" Represents Exactly What Is Destroying America

Ira Israel | Posted 12.25.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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.


Peter Buffett | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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.

Capital B or Entre-Beauty

BeverlyD | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business

My entrepreneurial experience began as young child. Being from a dairy farm family, children were abundant and contributed to the success of the farm business.

Writing Capitalism's New Chapter

John Friedman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
John Friedman

For those who question whether capitalism itself is fundamentally at odds with a vision for corporate responsibility and a sustainable future, it is well to remember that capitalism has brought more benefits to more people than any other economic system conceived or tried.

Viral Video on Man on His Knees Reflects Modern Life in Asia

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

The video is unsettling: A Vietnamese tourist on his knees begging a Chinese storeowner in Singapore for his money back after trying to purchase an iPhone 6. Within minutes the video goes viral, capturing headlines across Asia.

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

Benjamin Powell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

The former socialist countries in Europe have made a lot of progress towards freeing their markets since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let's hope we've only seen the beginning of much more to come.

The Sweet Spot for Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Successful startup founders are fueled by passion, a willingness to take risk and do whatever is necessary to make things happen. What they initia...

Piketty Has a Point

Peter Vaughn | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Peter Vaughn

His brilliant jump is to illustrate that the 20th century and the beginnings of the 21st are historical aberrations as the world adjusts to modern capitalism.

American Radicals Past and Present

Glyn Vincent | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Glyn Vincent

It took Linda Coleman 15 years to write her memoir Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary, a soul searching and gripping account of her involvement as a young woman with a violent left wing underground group in the 1970s.

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

After the Flood: Reflections on Climate and Corporate Control

Rachel Smolker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

One had only to listen to the testimonies of peoples at the Climate Justice Summit and other events over the weekend to understand the extreme lengths that the profiteers are willing to go and why they must be targeted.

Is The Digital Economy Still A Capitalist Economy?

Don Tapscott | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Don Tapscott

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is transforming the way we create wealth, work, learn, play, raise our children, and probably even the way we think.

An Encounter with an Oligarch

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The truth is that I have no idea whether the allegations against this man are true. But, in his eyes, he has a bit of that sad placidity that Fitzgerald attributed to his last tycoon, which makes him likeable.

Capitalism: Republicans and Regulations

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Despite their claims to the contrary, regulations and restrictions are a staple of the Republican agenda, and they always will be as long as the Republicans and their friends are the ones who benefit in the end. Just follow the very clear money trail.

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Bill Gates Thinks Thomas Piketty Is Right | Zach Carter | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates essentially concurs with French economist Thomas Piketty's landmark book on income inequality, according to a re...

Oprah Winfrey Embodies What's Wrong With American Public Life

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Chaltain

The things Oprah once gave us -- the sense of community, the relevant national conversations and lines of inquiry, and the iconic model of intelligent self-reflection -- have been cheapened by her attempt to align them with things.

Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.

We Can't Talk About Inequality Without Talking About Talent

Roger Martin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Business
Roger Martin

I'm a business strategist and from where I'm looking, the game has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Talent has become the critical force in the economic equation, more important than either raw materials and labor, and a worthy if not overwhelming adversary for capital.

Who's More Progressive: Airports, Movie Theaters or the NFL?

Christopher Meyer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Christopher Meyer

The NFL, theater moguls, and airports seem unconcerned with whether they are actually creating value for anyone but themselves. How many times do we have to see this movie? Oh, I mean video.

Thinking Broadly About Capital

MJR Montoya | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
MJR Montoya

I have long read about capital. I have read it as a philosophical problem, as a mind-broadening concept, and as a powerful geo-political force. If we are to train a generation of students to make decisions that shape the world in an effective manner, we must help one another understand the principal forces that shape the world around us.

Is It Too Late to Reclaim the Rainbow Pride Flag?

Jonathan Doucette | Posted 11.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Doucette

While other symbols have waxed and waned in popularity, the rainbow flag certainly has staying power. Above and beyond the radical origins of the flag, however, one force more than all others has worked to cement the rainbow flag as the symbol for the gay rights movement: capitalism.

A Rough Week for Capitalism and a Time for New Leaders

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

How will the change take place? If anything, the global nature of the protests this weekend points out that we are in this mess together -- capitalists, communists, environmentalists and We-the-People.