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If one side is extremely superior, the other side can answer by asymmetric means. Then she has a real chance to prevail. A reorganization of global civil society is underway, characterized by organization in small units, regional economic systems and networking.

Taxing the Rich. Imposing A "Pigou Wealth Tax" in the Time of COVID-19. Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877-1959), a British economist, is well known for his contributions to welfare economics.

Taxing the Rich. Imposing A "Pigou Wealth Tax" in the Time of COVID-19

One of the most prolific writers of his time, Pigou wrote over a dozen books and more than 100 articles and pamphlets dealing with both theoretical and practical aspects of welfare economics. His writings cover a wide range of human welfare issues from unemployment to housing to taxation. Some of his most famous books include Wealth and Welfare (1912), The Economics of Welfare (1920), A Capital Levy and a Levy on War Wealth (1920), The Political Economy of War (1921), and The Theory of Unemployment (1933). The Pigouvian Taxes In the 1920s, Pigou gave an analytical solution to the concept of externalities that occur when external costs and benefits spill over to third parties. On the other hand, a positive externality occurs when benefits spill over to third parties.

A Levy on Capital The four years of the First World War (1914-18) left Britain mired in debt. Democratic Money and Capital for the Commons: Exec. Summary and Full Report. Strategies for Transforming Neoliberal Finance Through Commons-Based Alternatives By David Bollier and Pat Conaty.

Democratic Money and Capital for the Commons: Exec. Summary and Full Report

A Report on a Commons Strategies Group Workshop in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Berlin, Germany / September 8-10, 2015 Download this Executive Summary as a PDF. “Democratic Money and Capital for the Commons: Strategies for Transforming Neoliberal Finance Through Commons-Based Alternatives,” Download the full 54 page report here (PDF) Executive Summary. International Extinction Rebellion.

Extinction Rebellion. The Death of Neoliberalism Is an Opportunity to Birth a New System. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn prior to his departure from the White House May 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Death of Neoliberalism Is an Opportunity to Birth a New System

(Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Today in the US, as well as globally, we find ourselves in multiple reinforcing crises. There is a crisis of legitimacy in established institutions ranging from Congress, the presidency and the Supreme Court, to the media, the criminal legal system, organized religion, Wall Street banks and corporations. Daniela Gottschlich: Vorsorgende Demokratie und Klimagerechtigkeit >> Elevate Festival 2015. Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice. Bäuerliche Kämpfe und das Gemeinsame. Für das Gemeinwohl, schrieb Adam Smith, müsse jede/r das Beste für sich selbst tun.

Bäuerliche Kämpfe und das Gemeinsame

Der Ökonom John Nash hat mathematisch nachgewiesen, dass Smith sich geirrt hat und dass die Zusammenarbeit viel gewinnbringender als der Wettbewerb ist. John Nash erhielt 1994 den Wirtschaftsnobelpreis für diese Theorie des Gleichgewichts. Antonio Negri hat erläutert, dass das Gemeinsame in der Gegenwart „immer eine Produktion ist, regulierte oder transformierte oder einfach produzierte Natur. Deshalb ist das Gemeinsame nur eine Ressource im Hinblick darauf, dass es ein Produkt ist, ein Produkt menschlicher Arbeit, im Rahmen des von Machtbeziehungen durchzogenen kapitalistischen Regimes.“ Für Michael Hardt kann sich über die Gemeingüter eine konstituierende soziale Bewegung artikulieren, im Kampf um und für die Verteidigung der Wälder, des Wassers, des Landes, der Bodenbewirtschaftung und gegen die Privatisierung der gemeinschaftlichen Ressourcen. Wir sind die Veränderung. Von Isabelle Krötsch, aufbauend auf der Zuschrift von Carmen Glandien.

Wir sind die Veränderung

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals. Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house?

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals

To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the crisis. The email in my inbox last week offered thirty suggestions to green my office space: use reusable pens, redecorate with light colours, stop using the elevator. The end of capitalism has begun. The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above.

The end of capitalism has begun

For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. Immanuel Wallerstein on when Capitalism will die. It's too late for hand-wringing – globalisation is already dead. The world is getting smaller.

It's too late for hand-wringing – globalisation is already dead

That is the unbidden meme of our generation, thanks to the juggernaut of growth unleashed by an outpouring of global bodies, free trade agreements, technology and international capital. Every business and person now has a global reach and audience. Today’s paradigm is globalisation and free trade is its evangelical mantra. But this narrative has become worn and no longer fits the facts. In recent months, there has been a backlash, accompanied by emotive talk about the reversal of globalisation and the battle for society’s future. The hand-wringing is half a decade too late, because globalisation is already dead and we are already some miles into the journey back. Sick of this market-driven world? You should be. To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim.

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us. We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces.

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative. Kalkulierter Wahnsinn. Wie EU-Kommission, Bundesregierung und IWF Europa in den Ruin treiben. Im Kampf um die Zukunft Griechenlands und der Eurozone sind die Masken gefallen. Immer deutlicher zeichnen sich die hässlichen Konturen eines Europas ab, das seine demokratischen Hüllen abstreift. Die „Verhandlungen“ der letzten Wochen und Monate haben unmissverständlich gezeigt, wer im europäischen Haus das Sagen hat, wer die Bedingungen diktiert, wer der Souverän ist. Die Bevölkerungen Europas sind es nicht.

The Exit from Capitalism has Already Begun. However, despite many accusations of heresy, Gorz remained remarkably true in his social and economic criticism to the Marx of the Grundrisse, a book to which Jean-Marie Vincent introduced him in 1959.(1) In the words of Finn Bowring, his works of the 1980s and 1990s present “an understanding of capitalism as a system of hetero-regulation which aggressively de-civilized human beings, undermining their ability to look after themselves and meaningfully navigate through the social, economic and technological environments in a life-enhancing, self-determining way” (Bowring 2008: 53).

It is this understanding that he was still developing in his last major work of socio-economic theory, L'Immatériel. Connaissance, valeur et capital (2003), which will be published next year in English translation by Seagull Press. The Hidden Cost of Privatization. While the business of business is business, the business of government is not. This piece points out that while there may be a role for public-private partnerships, not only are the cost savings doubtful, but their effect on the ends of government are extremely worrisome. Public-private partnerships conflate public and private interests, and in conflicts between them, the private interests win out. Life’s Economy is Primarily Based on Collaborative rather than Competitive Advantage - Resilience.

Inequality’s Dead End—And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction - Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations. This article is from NPQ’s Spring 2015 edition: “Inequality’s Tipping Point and the Pivotal Role of Nonprofits.” It is easy to be distracted by what passes for economic news these days, focused as it is on short-term fluctuations and assurances of recovery and revitalization. The simple truth, however, is that year by year, decade by decade, life in the United States is steadily growing ever more unequal. Gar Alperovitz: If you don't like capitalism or state socialism, what do you want?

What you can do. Ten ways we can build a better economic system. For the numerous readers who asked: "But what can we do? " after reading my "10 reasons to smash capitalism," here are ten ways we can build a better economic system: Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut. So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless.

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption. By Maria Popova Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create wealth for people — for humanity — as opposed to money for governments and corporations?

That’s precisely what the influential German-born British economist, statistician, Rhodes Scholar, and economic theorist E. Basic Income’s Third Wave. Emanzipiert Euch! - Daniela Dahn über die Rückeroberung der Demokratie. Share: mp3 | Embed video. Oskar Lafontaine: Let’s develop a Plan B for Europe! By Oskar Lafontaine (pictured) Many in Europe had put great hopes in the election of Alexis Tsipras as Greek Prime Minister.

When, after long and exhausting negotiations, the Syriza leader signed the European diktat, the disappointment was great. It would be unjust and presumptuous to want to give moral lessons to Alexis Tsipras and Syriza. After these experiences for the European left, it would be better to reflect on the conditions in which a democratic and social politics (and thus a left politics) is possible in Europe. We have learned one thing: while the European Central Bank, which claims to be independent and apolitical, can turn off the financial tap to a left government, a politics that is oriented towards democratic and social principles is impossible.

The old investment banker Mario Draghi is neither independent nor apolitical. Reclaiming the Commons. The United States is full of everyday commons management systems such as public libraries, the Internet, blood banks, and parks. Tool-bk-reclaim-commons.pdf. Kontext TV - Das unabhängige Nachrichtenmagazin. Kontext TV - Das unabhängige Nachrichtenmagazin. The History and Evolution of the Commons - Resilience. Building a New Social Commons - Resilience. InclusiveEconomy TDC Web. Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership. From Platform to Open Cooperativism - Resilience. Cooperative Economics: Replacing a Capitalism in Collapse. Public Banking Institute. Participatory Budgeting Is Gaining Momentum in the US. How Does It Work? The People’s Uber: Why The Sharing Economy Must Share Ownership. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently discovered, during his short-lived campaign against Uber, that saying no to a popular, convenient new technology doesn't tend to win many friends—or win much at all.

Green Taxi Cooperative: Building an alternative to the corporate "Sharing Economy" Bestenliste: Die besten Ökobanken. Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: B Corps and Beyond. RegenVillages. Municipalist Syndicalism: Organizing the New Working Class - Resilience. Is America Ready for a Municipalist Movement? - Resilience. Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies. Jacob Butler checks on grapes in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden. Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance. How Community-Led Rights of Nature Initiatives Are Protecting Ecosystems - Resilience.

Owning Our Future EXCERPT. Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’ The Spanish Robin Hood. Community-Wealth.org: Wealth-Building Strategies for America's Communities. Poverty and Inequality are created - /The Rules. The Currency of Localism - Resilience. From Mobility to Community Building: Rethinking the Future of State DOTs - Resilience. Städte in Bürgerhand: Transition Towns und die ökologisch-soziale Revolution von unten. Linke Lafontaine, Varoufakis und Melenchon wollen mit Europa brechen und einen Plan B für ein anderes Europa. Labs Map. RIPESS - Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. Febea.org. Netzwerk Solidarische Landwirtschaft. European Water Movement · Protecting Water as a Commons. Homepage - European Citizens' Initiative.