Economy


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.


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Car-Free Cyclists Give Back to the Road

By Elly Blue

Daily travel can take a toll on our transportation system, and learning to share the road with more car-free cyclists might be the key to reversing this damage.


Shareable Cities

by Suzanne Lindgren

Can the Sharing Cities Network fuel a people-powered economy?


The Growing Problem of Suburban Poverty

By Meghan Murphy-Gill, from U.S. Catholic

There are still plenty of poor people in the cities, but suburban poverty is a bigger problem.


Foreclosed and Financially Stranded at the Ramada Inn

By Monica Potts, from The American Prospect

Middle-class status is now out of reach for a group of people who, less than a decade ago, were financially secure.




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