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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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The Church and Trans-sexuality

Newspaper La Razón (Print Edition) Juan Carlos Zambrana Marchetti January 1, 2016 In the context of the Bolivian process of change toward a more just and inclusive society, the inclusion of homosexuals and trans-sexuals seems to be among the demands lagging furthest be-hind. One of the reasons for this delay is the continuing power of

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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

After the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959, United States, and the Catholic Church demonized all left antagonizing it with God. Then came the military dictatorships.

The Pope and Justice

This coming 8th of July, Pope Francis will continue to break the mould as he sets foot on the land of the Bolivian revolutionary Evo Morales during a visit that promises to be historic for a Church that has not always been on the side of the poor, the victims, and the marginalized. At the

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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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Their Morality Police, and Ours

In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in

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Socialist Christianity?

On Wednesday the 4th of February, 2015 I had the chance to be present at a press conference in front of the White House. From Mexico had come the celebrated Father Gregorio Lopez Geronimo, better known as Father Goyo: a priest of indigenous purepecha (Tarasca) blood, who did his thesis on Karl Marx, the Communist

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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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A Nation of Fear

Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs. The bears had crawled under a perimeter fence and were just lying around, several hundred yards from a runway. The airport director claimed the bears might have posed a risk to flights. The mother bear weighed less than most

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