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What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project. Video Games - China - Money - Online Games. Ultra-rich man's letter: "To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming". Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed and our epidemic of busyness. Mashable. America has gone through a rapid social experiment over the last 20 years.

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We have created a system, in large part through public disinvestment, where our young people take on large amounts of student debt in order to achieve a college degree. The sea change has been so quick it’s been difficult to gather even basic, solid numbers on it, making the consequences of such massive student debt subject to intense debate. A new report from Beth Akers and Matthew M. ‘Slomo’ Slomo came into my life at an opportune moment.

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Having just rolled into my 30s, I was looking for both a film subject and some wisdom on how to approach the encroaching “middle third” of my life — the years when youthful idealism is so often blunted by adult responsibilities. Around this time, during a business trip to San Diego, my father had a chance meeting on the Pacific Beach boardwalk with John Kitchin, an old medical school classmate. My dad barely recognized Dr. 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. Finland’s school children didn’t always excel. An Economy That Benefits Ordinary People? What We Learned From the 1% by George Goehl and Bree Carlson. When thinking 40 years into the future, people step out of the current political situation, and our sense of what's possible becomes much more expansive.

An Economy That Benefits Ordinary People? What We Learned From the 1% by George Goehl and Bree Carlson

We are not only able to think bigger—we crave it. posted Dec 31, 2013 Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. National People’s Action members recognize that to reverse the economic and political conditions that are crushing American families, we need a long-term strategy. In Praise of the Utopian Political Imagination. Share French economist Thomas Piketty (Reuters/Charles Platiau) The big inequality news this week has been the publication of Thomas Piketty’s monumental book about the subject, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

In Praise of the Utopian Political Imagination

I weighed in with my review in The Washington Monthly here; you can also read a trio of responses at The American Prospect, as well as Dean Baker’s Huffington Post critique. Paul Krugman offers a discussion of some of the book’s technical points here. How computer games can help us overthrow capitalism. Financial Capability Study. Is real. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

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EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security. To achieve this goal, EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America. EPI proposes policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers.

New Freakonomics Radio Podcast: “The Economist’s Guide to Parenting” Amy Glasmeier. Dr.

Amy Glasmeier

Glasmeier holds a professional masters and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. In spring 2009, she became the Department Head of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She simultaneously serves as a professor of economic geography and regional planning. She has two books on policies to develop and expand technology industries.

Her book, Manufacturing Time: Global Competition in the World Watch industry, 1750-2000, provides considerable perspective on how different modes of industrial organization and varieties of capitalism yield varying levels of competitive success of national systems of industrialization. How to Think About the Federal "Nudge Squad" New Economics Institute. Peter Turchin – The history of inequality. Today, the top one per cent of incomes in the United States accounts for one fifth of US earnings.

Peter Turchin – The history of inequality

The top one per cent of fortunes holds two-fifths of the total wealth. Just one rich family, the six heirs of the brothers Sam and James Walton, founders of Walmart, are worth more than the bottom 40 per cent of the American population combined ($115 billion in 2012). Automation Anxiety. Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players. Inequality is real, personal, expensive, and it was created. Income Inequality Exists...But It Doesn’t Have To. By Lebaron Sims on 07/11/2013 @ 04:00 PM Tags: Economic Inclusion Income inequality is real.

Income Inequality Exists...But It Doesn’t Have To

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The big picture. Alternatives. Live Chat TODAY with Economist Richard Wolff. In Bill’s first interview with economist and professor Richard Wolff, he asked viewers to submit questions for Wolff to answer.

Live Chat TODAY with Economist Richard Wolff

Why the Economic Crisis Deepens. Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff. The Third Industrial Revolution.