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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.

Gar Alperovitz: If you don't like capitalism or state socialism, what do you want? Life’s Economy is Primarily Based on Collaborative rather than Competitive Advantage - Resilience. Ten ways we can build a better economic system. Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut. Immanuel Wallerstein on when Capitalism will die. 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. 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. 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).

The Exit from Capitalism has Already Begun

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. 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.

Kalkulierter Wahnsinn. Wie EU-Kommission, Bundesregierung und IWF Europa in den Ruin treiben

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. Sick of this market-driven world? You should be. 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. If you’re reading this sceptically, I put this simple statement to you: meritocratic neoliberalism favours certain personality traits and penalises others. There are certain ideal characteristics needed to make a career today. From Platform to Open Cooperativism - Resilience. Building a New Social Commons - Resilience. Cooperative Economics: Replacing a Capitalism in Collapse. (Image: Hands together via Shutterstock)Truthout is able to confront the forces of greed and regression only because we don’t take corporate funding.

Cooperative Economics: Replacing a Capitalism in Collapse

Support us in this fight: make a tax-deductible donation today by clicking here. I live in a co-op house with 30 other people in Madison, Wisconsin. While we pay rent to the nonprofit organization that manages Madison’s co-op properties, our only landlords are each other. We have weekly meetings to discuss house business and make decisions in a democratic process, using a consensus model.

We agree to not buy any food or products for the house that come from detestable companies like Monsanto, Koch Industries and Tyson, and get most of the ingredients for house meals from the farmer’s market and a local food co-op. As 30 people all living in one big house, sharing expenses, growing our own food in rooftop gardens and recycling/composting as much we can, our environmental footprints are much smaller as a whole.

Reclaiming the Commons. The United States is full of everyday commons management systems such as public libraries, the Internet, blood banks, and parks.

Reclaiming the Commons

Tool-bk-reclaim-commons.pdf. 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.”

Inequality’s Dead End—And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction - Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations

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. Statistics illuminating this historical trajectory are easy enough to come by. For a start, the income of the top 1 percent has more than doubled in the past two decades, from roughly 10 percent of all income in 1980 to more than 22 percent in 2012.1 Meanwhile, wages for the bottom 80 percent of American workers have been essentially stagnant in real terms for at least three decades.2 The growing gaps in income inequality are matched or even exceeded by gaps in wealth. At the same time, for over four decades the percentage of Americans in poverty has remained essentially unchanged. Notes. InclusiveEconomy TDC Web.

Public Banking Institute. Participatory Budgeting Is Gaining Momentum in the US. How Does It Work? It's tax season in the US.

Participatory Budgeting Is Gaining Momentum in the US. How Does It Work?

Städte in Bürgerhand: Transition Towns und die ökologisch-soziale Revolution von unten. Owning Our Future EXCERPT. What you can do. Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’ There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies.

Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’

Many of them have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. The research project TRANSIT highlights four prominent strands of new economy thinking in state-of-the-art discussions: degrowth, collaborative economy, solidarity economy, and social entrepreneurship. Taking a perspective of transformative social innovation, the study draws on case studies of 12 social innovation initiatives to analyze how these relate to new economies and to transitions toward new economic arrangements.

The Spanish Robin Hood. Poverty and Inequality are created - /The Rules. Kontext TV - Das unabhängige Nachrichtenmagazin. Kontext TV - Das unabhängige Nachrichtenmagazin. Oskar Lafontaine: Let’s develop a Plan B for Europe! Linke Lafontaine, Varoufakis und Melenchon wollen mit Europa brechen und einen Plan B für ein anderes Europa. Am 13. Juli wurde die demokratisch gewählte griechische Regierung von Alexis Tsipras durch die Europäische Union in die Knie gezwungen. Emanzipiert Euch! - Daniela Dahn über die Rückeroberung der Demokratie.