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    Boycott Trump

    Photo by iStock/br-photoThis piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that ...

    A More Equitable Economy Exists Right Next Door

     Photo courtesy Jay WalljasperBusiness owners gather at an elegant Montreal event center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a large-scale economic partnership.The former chief of Quebec’s largest bank is the guest of honor.Sidewalks bustle with people walking in and out of homes, offices, ...

    One Hundred Dollars of Virtue

      Why is Benjamin Franklin honored on the one hundred dollar bill?   Franklin wasn’t even a president, yet the “Benjamin”is the highest denomination of common money.  Franklin’s adage, “a penny saved is a penny earned,” distinguishes him among those honored with their likeness ...

    Nickel and Dimed in 2016

    Retail jobs are frequently minimum-wage and highly monitored. When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about income inequality, and when other candidates speak about the minimum wage and food stamps, what are they really talking about?Whether they know it or not, it’s something like ...

    The Renewable Revolution

     Renewable energy is rapidly advancing, both in terms of cost and practicality, to compete successfully with fossil fuels. Reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the ...

    Big Oil’s Broken Business Model

    In the wake of collapsing oil prices, Big Oil must alter its broken business model or face being outcompeted by smaller, nimbler energy producers. Reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly ...

    Private Equity Firms: Drowning in Profit

    Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.Security is a slippery idea these days—especially when it comes to homes and neighborhoods.Perhaps the most controversial development in America’s housing “recovery” is the role played by large private equity firms. In recent years, they have ...

    Shareable Cities

    Can the Sharing Cities Network fuel a people-powered economy?On the verge of 2014, the economic outlook of the common folk appears—at first glance—grim. The 1 percent has turned a years-long recession in its favor, gaining wealth and political power. Meanwhile, the rest of us watch as our ...

    Happy Birthday, Rolling Jubilee

    Rolling Jubilee is one year old—what’s happened so far?“Our message to the 1 percent is: We don’t owe you anything,” says Thomas Gokey, one of the minds behind Rolling Jubilee. It’s the first anniversary of this “bailout of the people by the people,” which kicked off last ...

    Socially Responsible Investing: Why DIY?

    SRI funds make feel-good investing sound easy, but for the most impact you’ll want to do it yourself. Back in 1971, when Methodist do-gooders Luther Tyson and Jack Corbett set out to change the stakes of the investment game with $101,000 and a novel concept—investing with a ...

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