Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Becoming Serfs: Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Truthdig by Chris Hedges A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Photo: Corinne Segal / pbs.org) You know the statistics. Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century. The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent …

What do Socialists think? Working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few

We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that …

The Next System: The Joyful Economy, by Gus Speth

This paper by Gus Speth, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it below, or download thePDF. We have commissioned these papers in order to facilitate an informed and comprehensive discussion of “new systems,” and as part of this effort we …

What is neoliberalism?

Vox.com Dec 2017 It’s hard to think of a term that causes more confusion, yet is more frequently used in political debate, than “neoliberalism.” It’s one thing to argue that the term should be discouraged or retired from public discussions, because it generates heat instead of light, but it is another to say that it doesn’t have any meaning or …

Cornel West: America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together: The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt

By Cornel West, from his new 25th Anniversary introduction to Race Matters, also in The Guardian, Sun 14 Jan 2018  We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried to lay bare the realities and challenges to American democracy in …

Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

By Kate RaworthHow would you explain 21st century economics in just a minute? I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best stop-motion animators to bring new economic thinking to life on screen. Please feel free to show them in the classroom, in workshops, in public talks, and to share them widely on social media. And if …

To Address Inequality, Let’s Take on Monopolies: When a few firms dominate the market, they have the power to charge consumers more and pay workers less.

By Barry Lynn and Kevin Carty, Sept 2017 from Open Markets Most Americans know that our country has become extremely unequal. They may not know that the richest 0.1% of Americans own as much wealth as the bottom 90%, or that the richest one percent took more than half of all income growth since 1979. But they know that the rich benefit more and …

Beyond denialism: neoliberalism, climate change and the left

By Philip Mirowski, Jeremy Walker and Antoinette Abboud on neoliberalism, climate change and the Left August 2017 We live in a winter of disconnect. As the permafrost melts and global warming accelerates, bringing us to the cusp of catastrophic environmental changes, governments and corporations continue their campaign of denial. Ian Plimer’s latest book, launched by John Howard at the Sydney Mining …