Economic Update: Ecology, Co-ops & Profit

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On this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on 50 years of fossil fuel corps putting profits before science, CVS to close 900 drugstores as part of decline of US workers living standards, FBI lies in Malcolm X assassination, and huge estate tax cuts for US rich. On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews Prof. Melissa Scanlan on her new book showing how coops are a better bet than traditional capitalist corporations to solve current ecological crises.

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About our guest: Melissa K. Scanlan holds the Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy and directs the Center for Water Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. She is a Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences and affiliated faculty at University of Wisconsin’s Law School. Scanlan is the founder of a variety of enterprises in the social economy. Infused with clear vision and longevity, she raised millions of dollars to capitalize these enterprises and designed their governance documents, establishing the mission, purpose, and day to day direction. She brings a deep understanding of starting and stewarding enterprises to her scholarly work. The U.S. State Department awarded her a Fulbright Senior Scholar position in Spain in 2019 to pursue research about Spanish cooperatives that are sustainability leaders. This resulted in her book, Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy, which compares Spanish and U.S. cooperatives to reveal insights about legal design for the triple bottom line.

Links: For more information about the author and book, https://coopverde.wordpress.com/bookyalebooks.com

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