Dec 28, 2011
econ4org
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Commies Under The Bed?

From Miles, November 28, 2011:

What is the difference between what you propose and communism?

 

Econ4 replies:

Gee, red-baiting is so last century. But we’re glad you asked. Check out our mission statement where we set out Econ4’s four necessary conditions for a healthy economy:

1. A level playing field.

2. Resilience.

3. True-cost pricing.

4. Real democracy.

Doesn’t sound like actually existing communism. Or like actually existing capitalism. If those were the only two choices, economics really would be a dismal science. They aren’t, and it doesn’t have to be.

Dec 27, 2011
boyce

Video: America Beyond Capitalism

“If it can happen in Cleveland, it can happen anywhere.” Gar Alperovitz on an alternative to state socialism and corporate capitalism:

Source: The Real News Network.

 

Dec 21, 2011
boyce
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Economics 4 People

From the Valley Advocate of Northampton, Mass.:

Popular economics education? The phrase seems oxymoronic. What field is more institutionalized and less popularized than economics?

Yet here is Econ4, a new initiative floating around the outskirts of economic academia, aiming to “end intellectual monoculture in the economics profession.”

Why are they doing this? And just what do they hope to accomplish?

“In the wake of the financial crisis, there was a need and demand for a better understanding of economics, more rooted in reality,” James Boyce tells me as we talk in his office. “You can’t delegate this stuff to the high priests of academia, Wall Street, and the Treasury Department.”

Read more here.

Dec 19, 2011
boyce

Cap-and-dividend climate policy

This short cartoon from www.capanddividend.org lays out how a cap-and-dividend climate policy would work:

Source: Cap’n Dividend.

Dec 18, 2011
boyce
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The case for true-cost pricing: Indian Point nuclear plant

“Indian Point: The Next Fukushima?” Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Victor Gilinsky, writing in The New York Times:

Some 160,000 Japanese are still displaced because the radioactive contamination — in an area far less populated and less dense than the New York area — was so intense and far-reaching. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s cost-benefit analyses for Indian Point and other nuclear plants in the United States do not factor in these possibilities.

Read the entire piece here.

Dec 14, 2011
boyce
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Econ4 in Chronicle of Higher Ed

Recently critics have mounted a more fundamental line of attack on mainstream economists, taking aim at the ideology that has grown dominant over the past 30 years, which they say played a significant part in causing the Great Recession and not doing much to help solve it.

Read the entire piece here.

Dec 11, 2011
boyce

The High Price of Materialism

A new video from the Center for a New American Dream.

Source: http://www.newdream.org/resources/high-price-of-materialism

Dec 11, 2011
boyce
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“Get It Done”

Youth delegate Anjali Appadurai at the Durban climate summit.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko3e6G_7GY4.

Dec 11, 2011
boyce
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Market share among U.S. banks

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/12/11/magazine/11economy2.html?ref=magazine.

From the same issue of the Times, Gretchen Morgenson’s excellent piece on TBTF (too big to fail):

Reducing the perils of gargantuan institutions — and the threat to taxpayers — is an idea that seems to be taking hold in Washington. To be sure, the army arguing for change is far outgunned by the battalions of bankers and lobbyists working to maintain the status quo. But some combatants seeking reform believe they are making headway.

Read it here.

Dec 7, 2011
econ4org
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Make More Videos

From Ben, November 28, 2011:

Make more videos. Your audience is waiting.

 

Econ4 replies:

Thanks, Ben. That’s exactly what we want to do. We are now seeking funding to make it possible.