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Gar Alperovitz, Ted Howard, and Thad Williamson, who study and work towards alternative economic models, have an article in The Nation today  a rise of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland. Something important is happening in Cleveland: a new model of large-scale worker- and community-benefiting enterprises is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities […]

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I’m not sure how I missed this article in the Economist about cooperative like Mondragon in the recession. Fortunately, we’ve talked about Mondragon at length in the course that Sean and I facilitated this semester, Alternative Approaches to the Firm (class blog here); one of my peers referenced the article in his final paper for […]

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Five years ago, Chris Hayes investigated heterodox economics, a small insurgency against a small, but powerful, institution- mainstream economics. His article (which involved an interview with David Ruccio, a frequently reblogged professor of mine) introduced me to this other side of a discipline, during the birthpangs of our economic crisis. In years that have followed, mainstream economics has been somewhat […]

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David Roberts at Grist has a post about underground environmentalism in East Germany. The whole thing is interesting, but his conclusion is the really important part: First, what happened to industry under GDR is what happens when decisions are controlled by a small group of people, usually people who own — or have financial or […]

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John Gerzema has a wonderful talk on TED about the “post-crisis consumer”: His talk and article advance a rather optimistic view that the crisis has changed American attitudes, from being mindless consumers to mindful customers. For Gerzema, mindless consumption is what caused the crisis, and empowered post-crisis customers can get us on the right track […]

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A few weeks ago, I finished reading Kim Bobo’s Wage Theft in America (published last year, but new to me). The title is self-explanatory, and the author is the founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization that has advocated and organized tirelessly to ensure workers’ rights are fulfilled. The facts she presents  in the book […]

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Quick Hits

Like links, but more spontaneous and with more block-quoting… Nancy Folbre writes that another economics is possible: But I think conventional economics also plays a role, reinforcing cynical views of human nature and discouraging efforts to develop cooperative enterprises. Textbook economics treats individuals as selfish optimizers, unconcerned about the welfare of others. Only recently have […]

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More Coops?

At Economix, Nancy Folbre writes about an agreement between the United Steelworkers and Spain’s Mondragon Cooperative to begin manufacturing cooperatives in the US and Canada. The United Steelworkers is the largest industrial union in the United States, with 1.2 million workers. Its ranks have been devastated by the decline in domestic steel production, and it […]

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