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Imagining The End Of Capitalism

Capitalism by definition is unsustainable, since it is based on constant change, growth, and progress, always seeking more in a finite world. If there truly were no alternative to it, we must all die, and soon. Fortunately, there are many alternatives both historic and modern. Continue reading

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Cancel The Bogus Debt

Of course, capitalists will rage and claw against any forgiveness of debtors. Debt creation is what they do. Their system might well collapse without it. But for most of us, and for our planet, the system has already collapsed. Let’s get out of it! Continue reading

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Economics for a Sacred Earth

In a sacred Earth economy, Nature wouldn’t be brutally exploited, and workers would not be driven by the threat of hunger and homelessness. Could such an economy create large numbers of cars, airplanes, or bombs? No. Could it provide cheap fast-food hamburgers? Probably not. Continue reading

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Make Earth Sacred Again

Imagine living where people revered Earth, not money. A world where people spend days restoring wetlands or growing food, and being happy to do it. Imagine a world where helping others, both human and nonhuman, was a prime motivation. That may sound impossible, but religions have transformed the world before. Continue reading

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Who Can Own The Earth?

This is why we need a new relationship to land. Instead of seeing it as a bunch of resources to own and exploit, we need to care for it. Continue reading

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They Want Us to Work for Nothing

When Southern descendants of slaves started moving North, planters tried everything to keep them. They arrested would-be migrants at train stations. They barred Northern recruiters from towns. Articles were written; emergency meetings were held. The one thing they never seemed to consider was paying their workers a decent wage. Continue reading

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Being Brilliant Doesn’t Mean You’re Right

The trouble with brilliance is that the beauty of an idea can sweep people along into ignoring the downsides. Brilliant ideas that serve the rich and powerful are especially dangerous. Continue reading

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We Need Economic Stability, Not Economic Growth

Growth is good up to a point. In the rich countries, according to economist Herman Daly, we are far past that point. The more we grow from here on, the worse off we will be. Continue reading

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How Free Markets Damage People and Planet

“Markets without restrictions are like cars without brakes,” writes Dr. Ha-Joon Chang of Cambridge. “They’re bound to keep crashing.” Continue reading

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Cruelty Vs. Caring in America

Many Americans consider hard-heartedness a virtue. They call making people suffer, ‘promoting individual responsibility’ and have managed to create a society of widespread misery in the midst of affluence. Millions of Americans don’t go along with the cult of cruelty, though. They are fighting for a society based on caring, Continue reading

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