Category Archives: Alternative Economics

Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 11 min

Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 2015, 11 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2TbrtCGbhQ

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Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority

Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority by the Institute of the Solidarity Modern https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796513.php The Brexit vote and the American presidential election have dramatically accelerated the crises of classical neoliberal policy. The exit from neoliberalism can only … Continue reading

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Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others

Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434200.shtml The economic crisis calls for social-democratic answers. The fading mass purchasing power (in Germany) is due to the increasing inequality of income and wealth. Deregulation promotes social problems … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Post-Materialists!

On BookTV, Jean Twenge, author of “The Narcissism Epidemic,” warns that the cult of specialiness was thought to be the ladder to corporate success and turned out to be anti-social. https://www.c-span.org/video/?286496-1/narcissism-epidemic Possessions can possess us more than we possess them. … Continue reading

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The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics by Rudolf Hickel

The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics by Rudolf Hickel http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434088.shtml In Trumponomics, falling tax rates for businesses should increase tax revenues. When businesses do not invest, the tax gifts lead to lower state spending and higher state debts at … Continue reading

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The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner

The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner, Dec 14, 2016 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434028.shtml What institutions and infrastructures are needed so all people can lead good lives? Good lives demand more than consumption paid with money. The commons-what … Continue reading

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May the New Year Be Full of Good Surprises!

Celebrate the New Year with the 159-page eBook “Alternative Economics: Reversing Stagnation” by Marc Batko, Smashwords ($3.99)! Mainstream trickle-down economics is helpless in countering exploding inequality and precarious work. Austrian, Swiss, Polish and German critical economists could help us find … Continue reading

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Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive

Sven Hergovich is an Austrian economist who urges rethinking prosperity and the relation of economics and ecology. to read his article “Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive” published in March 2014, click on https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/11/07/18793168.php Privatizations … Continue reading

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Profit-Making is Different than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann

Profit-Making is Different Than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann Feb 23rd, 2015 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/02/23/18768947.php Discussions of jobs and the economy are often marked by trivialization, distortion, unreality and wishful thinking. The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments and rationalization and digitalization lead … Continue reading

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Growth Criticism and Reduced Working Hours by Heinz-J. Bontrup

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433178.shtml Today’s growth critics speak of the necessity of a post-growth, a “renunciation society” or at least of a “green” capitalist model. Meanwhile, 1.6 earths would be needed because humanity exploits natural resources faster than the earth can generate them … Continue reading

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