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What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project. Making Networked Sharing Socially Beneficial, Not Just Predatory and Profitable. The Egalitarian Program in Broad Strokes. Some of my Twitter critics say I put too much focus on welfare benefits, neglecting other components of an egalitarian agenda.

The Egalitarian Program in Broad Strokes

While it's true that I focus the most on welfare, this is because welfare is the best and most effective way to reduce poverty. Nonetheless, to appease these critics, let us lay out the basic structure of a broader egalitarian program. When gaming out egalitarianism in broad strokes, I think the best concept to start with is the national income, i.e. all of the income produced by the people of the country. The national income is distributed out either as (net of taxes) market income or welfare benefits. The first plank of an egalitarian program is to reduce the market income share and increase the welfare benefit share. Net market income is distributed out either as capital income (profits, dividends, capital gains, interest, rents) or labor income (wages, salaries, farm income, self-employment income).

Your Wallet or Your Life. Two individuals — both infected by the single-celled parasitic protozoa Toxoplasma gondii — “showed prompt, dramatic responses” after being started on a two-drug cocktail.

Your Wallet or Your Life

One of the drugs was pyrimethamine, also known by its brand name, daraprim. A recent dramatic medical advance? Not quite. Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around by Dean Paton. The Economy: Under New Ownership by Marjorie Kelly. How cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities. posted Feb 19, 2013.

The Economy: Under New Ownership by Marjorie Kelly

Humans Need Not Apply. Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power. Bitcoin is Gamification. California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies. Top image credit: epSos.de.

California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies

Authored by Chris Tittle A community without dollars is not a community without wealth – this basic insight lies at the heart of the community resilience movement. With income and wealth inequality still on the rise in our “post-recession” economy, communities are finding creative ways to meet their needs and maintain social ties through community-created forms of exchange, or complementary currencies. Why No Sustained Protests (Yet)? This post first appeared at Truthout.

Why No Sustained Protests (Yet)?

The post-1945 destruction of the New Deal coalition – unionists, socialists and communists – keeps influencing Americans’ lives. Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' - Christine Gross-Loh. Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted.

Finnish Education Chief: 'We Created a School System Based on Equality' - Christine Gross-Loh

Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests. Yet over the past decade Finland has consistently performed among the top nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world.

The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction by Abby Quillen. Philadelphia restauranteur and local economies movement leader Judy Wicks on making good and doing good. posted Oct 25, 2013 Chelsea Green, $17.95; 299 pages. A few years after Judy Wicks opened the White Dog Cafe in West Philadelphia, she hung a sign in her bedroom closet as a daily reminder of what her business could be if she gave it ­creativity and care. Two decades after its humble beginnings, Wicks’ restaurant had become a model for socially responsible business, and Wicks herself was a national leader of the movement for local, living economies. Growing up in the 1950s, Wicks shunned the stereotypes of how girls should behave and longed to play baseball with the boys. Economic Prosperity and Economic Democracy: The Worker Co-Op Solution. Published on January 12, 2014 This article originally appeared at www.truth-out.org (Image: Workers building via Shutterstock) Workers' self-directed enterprises (WSDEs) are a response to capitalism's failure to deliver economic prosperity and socialism's failure to deliver economic democracy.

Economic Prosperity and Economic Democracy: The Worker Co-Op Solution

Among factors impeding formation of an organized, politically effective new left in the United States are deep frustrations among activists interested in doing that.

Reclaiming the commons

Credit unions & public banks. Worker owned cooperatives. Swiss Activists: Let’s Cap CEO Pay. Michel Bauwens: Four Scenarios for the Collaborative Economy. Sharing reinvented through technology. Watch Rachel's TED Talk.Collaborative Consumption. Collaborative Economy: Industry Stats. Richard Wolff on The Campbell Conversations. Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim.

Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich. The Charitable-Industrial Complex. New Economy Working Group. For some thirty years we have been engaged as a nation and a species in a reckless social engineering experiment to test the claims of an extremist economic ideology known as market fundamentalism that advocates laissez-faire market freedom.

New Economy Working Group

The Best Last-Minute Gift: Your Time. About the Living Wage Calculator. The Living Wage Calculator, Community Economic Toolbox, and Poverty in America websites were developed by Dr.

About the Living Wage Calculator

Economist: Wake up to "Misplaced Priorities" Fixing the Future.