Right-Wingers Want Us to Accept Inequality and Move On

Right-Wingers Want Us to Accept Inequality and Move On

Cheerleaders for concentrated wealth have a new reason to cheer. They have chanced upon a fresh rationalization for inequality. This new rationalization comes from an unlikely source, a sober and thoughtful just-published book from a distinguished historian and...
The Black History of the New Economy

The Black History of the New Economy

These are snapshots of the struggles and successes for a so-called new economy — the fight for a people- and planet-first world that is more equitable, sustainable and democratic. And this shift is being pioneered by the black community. In other words, the Movement...
The New Economy Is Already Taking Shape

The New Economy Is Already Taking Shape

In early July, I attended the 2016 CommonBound conference in Buffalo, New York representing the Institute for Policy Studies. CommonBound is coordinated by the New Economy Coalition (NEC), a network of organizations working to build an alternative economic system that...
The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence

The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence

Join IPS’s Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition project at the Resilience, Resistance, and Regional Equity Convergence where local actors are working to build a new world across New England. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the...
Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Monday morning in Boston, seven people sat down in front of construction equipment, blocking construction of a fracked gas pipeline coming into the heart of the city. That same evening, the Jamaica Plain Time Exchange hosted a spring seed and plant exchange. What do...
How Do We Tackle Climate Change and Equity in a Transformative Way?

How Do We Tackle Climate Change and Equity in a Transformative Way?

Join us in discussing transformative solutions to combat social and economic inequality, as part five of our discussion series exploring the many facets of IPS’s movement-building work. In the U.S. and around the world, people are grappling with a massive...
Greenfest Sharing Economy Panel

Greenfest Sharing Economy Panel

Share your thoughts with IPS’s New Economy Maryland Director David Hart and other speakers about what’s happening in your backyard and how you can become active in a new sharing movement. This Greenfest panel, “Building Sustainable Communities...
Do We Really Need a Billionaire Class?

Do We Really Need a Billionaire Class?

In the struggle against economic inequality, historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz tends to take the long view. That may be at least partly because Alperovitz has been at that struggle for quite a long time. Back in the 1960s, for instance, Alperovitz...
Looking Beyond The Election

Looking Beyond The Election

The presidential primary election is dominating today’s news cycle as candidates from both parties aim to win over voters in the early primary states. In this media frenzy, it’s easy to lose track of the long-term vision for serious economic change. What could a...
Brainstorming a Greener Leap Year

Brainstorming a Greener Leap Year

What if an extra hour somehow slipped into your day? Aside from most Arizonans and all Hawaiians, Americans get to ponder this question in early November as Daylight Savings Time gets underway. I usually fill this gap with some combination of reading, cooking, and...

Wealthiest One Percent, Come Home!

I’m taking a risk here. Perhaps you’ve heard me talk in the past about our extreme inequality of wealth. I’ve been advocating for higher taxes on the richest among us for over two decades. I did this TEDx talk on “Taxing the Wealthy,” for instance, four years ago. Now...
Will the Paris Climate Talks Deliver the World We Need? Not Likely.

Will the Paris Climate Talks Deliver the World We Need? Not Likely.

We need to leave more than 80 percent of known oil, coal, and gas reserves in the ground to avoid triggering catastrophic climate change. That means shifting away from an economy driven by digging, pumping, and burning fossil fuels to one that puts people and the...
Hurricane Francis

Hurricane Francis

Battles are raging over whether local government officials have a religious right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. And the federal government may shut down over a dispute concerning funding for Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion reproductive health services. As if...