Demystifying the federal budget:
How a child’s chances of upward mobility vary by location:
For discussion and an interactive map, see here.
Resources for democratic, community-based economic development from the Democracy Collaborative:
Tracking state subsidies to corporations. Check out their latest report:
Read it here.
Advancing democratic alternatives to oligarchy:
Extreme inequality undermines democracy, the economy, public health and culture. Concentrated wealth translates into political power to further shape elections, legislative priorities and rules in favor of global corporations and the already wealthy. This in turn leads to the kind of economic distortions that caused the 2008 financial collapse. In the lead up to the collapse, the bottom 70 percent of the U.S. population responded to stagnant wages by borrowing beyond their means, while the top 1 percent engaged in reckless speculation on highly rated but essentially worthless securities in financial markets freed from essential regulation and public oversight.
In his ode to the “Free Market,” Dr. Doug Hendron sings:
Well, there’s something that makes me wanna jump and shout
It seems everybody’s always talking about
The free market, as if it’s just a fact
But you know it ain’t free if it destroys your habitat
Dr. Doug wields his musical scalpel here.
The U.K.’s “Tent City University” offers a short course in occupied economics:
Sensible thinking about a central question.