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Wage-ing Justice in SeaTac

Here’s David Sirota’s piece on one town’s struggle for higher wages and the wrath it inspired from far-away billionaires. A small, job-intensive municipality of 26,000 launches a $15-per-hour minimum wage initiative. This invites the full-on wrath of the Koch brothers, who have calculated what is at stake in even the smallest manifestations of the wage

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Why Economic Democracy Now? The Reasons Keep Piling Up

What do a recent analysis of the Detroit bankruptcy crisis, and recent revelations of wide-scale corporate spying on citizen activists, have in common? They both suggest that we need to revitalize the public sphere, democratize economic policy, and dismantle the hierarchy created by material inequality. New reasons for building community power and dismantling the power

Hands-on Radicalism

The election of Kshama Sawant, a socialist, to the Seattle City Council, does not mean that large swaths of voters in Seattle have suddenly made an ideological or theoretical shift. Sawant’s election was not a theoretical exercise and voters in her precinct didn’t make the decision to vote for her after reading pamphlets, visiting the

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Renewable Energy Everywhere, But Not for America

Tokelau, an independent territory of New Zealand, is a small three island archipelago of about 1,400 residents about 300 miles north of American Samoa in the South Pacific. In October 2012, the Polynesian nation turned off the last of its diesel generators and became the first country to use solar power as its only energy

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Hundreds Gather for Public Banking and Economic Justice

By any standards, the 2013 Public Banking Conference, held at beautiful Dominican University in San Rafael, California, was a success. In a political world where like-minded groups seldom converge on practical policy blueprints, it was an astounding success. Hundreds of committed attendees–Occupy activists, religious groups, labor, environmentalists, legal activists, journalists and progressive economists–came together for

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Countdown to the 2013 Public Banking Conference: Funding the New Economy

The second annual Public Banking Conference, held at Dominican University in San Rafael, California and co-sponsored by Dominican’s Green MBA program, begins this Sunday, June 2, at 1PM Pacific Time, when Web of Debt author Ellen Brown welcomes conference participants and Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb delivers the conference’s keynote speech. A series

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Banking Scandals and Public Solutions

No American writer does a better job cataloguing, describing, and decrying the sins of big banks than Matt Taibbi. His recent exposition of U.S. authorities’ investigation of London-based ICAP for manipulation of information accompanying interest rate swaps is another in his corpus of descriptions of schemers and plotters playing with amounts of money “up to

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Re-elected Iceland Parliament Member to Visit Bay Area

Sonoma, CA — Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a newly re-elected member of parliament of Althing, the Icelandic parliament and representing the Icelandic Pirate Party, will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and speaking at Public Banking 2013 conference, co-hosted by the Public Banking Institute and the Green MBA Program of Dominican University. Birgitta Jónsdóttir played a

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Public Banking as an Answer to Artificial Scarcity

We are often told, and we tend to internalize, the idea that scarcity is a natural condition of humankind, and the planet. While it is true that natural resources are finite, the specter of scarcity has recently been extended, in many nations’ grand narratives, to include finance. We are told there’s no money for public

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