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About Matt J. Stannard

Policy Director for Commonomics USA, longtime writer, speaker, and legal & policy consultant on economic justice and public deliberation.

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The 2016 Elections: 6 Takeaways for the Economic Cooperation Movement

1. Because capitalism. The election of America’s most prominently parasitic and malicious real estate capitalist to Chief Executive says “this is what happens, Larry.” An economic system based on predatory finance, making money through exploitation of labor, extraction of the planet, and the financial leverage of money itself, gets us mass immiseration, deep cultural divisions,

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Materializing Empathy: A Materialist Reading of the Seventh UU Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of Life

A sermon delivered at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 27, 2015 My family is partially Mormon, and for a little while in my life, I too was partially Mormon. In the Book of Mormon, which literalist Mormons take to be a collection of writings of ancient prophets who lived on the

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What Corbyn’s Critics Miss

“The Stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.” ~Jonathan Swift New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn won his post with overwhelming, almost unprecedented support from Labour members, indicating a preference for a new approach–even if its herald was considered a veteran of old-school

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Their Fiscal Conservatism and Ours

A few weeks ago, in “Financial Insecurity Ruins Our Lives: Let’s Change the Game,” I discussed poverty’s association with failed relationships, poor health, and mental illness. Poverty exacerbates those. Fiscally “liberal” policies that reduce poverty are good, as are charitable institutions. But they don’t strike too deeply at the roots of the problem, they are

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Material Responsibility: What the Banks Did to Baltimore

There’s no shortage of pundits condemning the riots in Baltimore. There are also plenty of well-meaning people focusing solely on the disenfranchisement of particular pockets of that city as if the human beings suffering there were characters in some morality play. But it’s time to talk economics, because the events in Baltimore didn’t happen in

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Four Things for Activists to Let Go of in 2015

2015 has the potential to be a year of solidarity. Increasing numbers of people are turning to solution-based, rather than party-based politics. The ever-present irresponsible behavior of those in positions of power makes those hierarchies seem arbitrary. Although many see the mid-term election results of November 2014 as a rebuke of the Democrats, it wasn’t

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“All Things in Common”: Religious, Humanist, and UU Calls to Action on Economic Justice

I delivered this sermon on November 16, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is a series of challenging statements about economic justice. That’s a huge subject. I can’t cover everything. I’ll leave stuff out. It’s like talking about sports. Everyone has something to point out, to contribute to the discussion.

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia Proposes Public Bank

We received the following press release today from Amara Enyia’s mayoral campaign. Her campaign website is here.  Moving Chicago in the right direction requires out-of-the-box thinking about what it takes to grow the economy. Dr. Amara Enyia is proposing a public bank for Chicago because Chicago needs to be able to finance its major infrastructure projects, provide access to

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