Economy


The American Dream: A Cautionary Tale

By Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl and Kirk A. Foster

Most Americans don't consider great wealth—in and of itself—to be a crucial part of achieving the American Dream.


The Silicon Valley Creative Class Takes Over

By Charlotte Allen, from The Weekly Standard

The divide between Silicon Valley’s creative class and their blue-collar neighbors could be a harbinger of things to come for the rest of America.


LAANE and the Progressive Template for Urban Job Growth

By Harold Meyerson, from The American Prospect

Discover how the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) has become the nation’s most innovative and effective force for raising the incomes of low-wage private-sector workers.


Worldwide Practices: Population Growth for Economic Expansion

By Bryan Welch

Population growth in a country leads to economic growth, but how can we harness that into a long-term strategy we can all share for achieving economic expansion while reaching for individual sustainable prosperity?


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Breaking the Bonds of Debt

By Andrew Ross

Taking matters into our own hands may be the only way to break free from the bonds of debt created by credit lenders.


TOMS Shoes and the Neoliberal Gospel

By Lucia Hulsether, from Religion & Politics

Like other “conscious” businesses, TOMS Shoes sells a neoliberal gospel of benevolent consumption, while hiding the material realities of its business model.


The Other TPP: EU Trade Deal

By Staff, Utne Reader

An underreported EU trade deal may threaten hard-fought environmental protections and make it easier for corporations to sue local governments.


Keeping Agricultural Land Prices Affordable for Farmers

By Staff, Utne Reader

To keep agricultural land prices affordable for farmers, the Ecological Land Cooperative leases plots to people with the skills—but not enough cash—to start earth-friendly farms.