Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Changed Debate

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This article originally appeared at Truthout.org

Once again, private capitalism's contradictions, flaws and weaknesses threaten its own existence. Two major global collapses -- first in the 1930s and more recently, since 2008 -- plus periodic downturns every few years have underscored the instability that haunts the system. At the same time, deepening inequality has 

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The Gender Agenda: Presidential Election 2016

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There was a crucial socio-political message in the radically different gender agendas evident in the 2016 presidential election. Dr. Harriet Fraad breaks down the stark differences between all three of the main actors who were serious final contenders on the presidential stage: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

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Economic Update: The Critique of Mass Media

On this week's Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on Maggie's Farm, John Lewis coop in UK, Trudeau on Castro, economics of immigration, Deutschland Bank and...

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The Full Participation Economy: Viable Models — Looking Abroad and in the US [Part III]

CT-_Full_Part._Econ..pngThis is Part III of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

Founded in 1956, the Mondragon worker cooperative, located in the Basque region of Spain, now employs over 75,000 people in 257 different businesses. Italy's Emilia Romana region has a high density of WSDEs due to favorable laws that support the formation of cooperative enterprises. And the United States has an increasing number of WSDEs, some of which date back to the 1970s.

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The Full Participation Economy: Social Exclusion [Part II]

CT-_Full_Part._Econ._copy.pngThis is Part II of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

The wealth disparity between those labeled "the one percent" and the remainder of the population continues to provoke anxiety and anger. At the same time African Americans struggle with an unemployment rate double the white rate across all educational levels and experience disproportionately high rates of State-sponsored violence.

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