Anti-Fracking Manifesto Blasts Pro-Fracking Environmental Organizations

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (June 6, 2013) In a statement, ecologist Sandra Steingraber denounced Illinois’ new fracking regulations and described the need for a movement dedicated to abolishing fracking nationwide. By Jeff Biggers A new salvo has been fired in the national battle against fracking. Within hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s vote on its controversial […]

Our Co-Owned Future

From health care to jobs to community development, why the future will be cooperative. By Gar Alperovitz (Originally published in Yes! Magazine, March 2, 2012) This is the second post in a series of three. Click here to read the first. The explosive force of Occupy Wall Street—and more than a thousand other local efforts—offers hope that […]

A Jubilee for Student Debt?

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (October 20, 2011) Some—including Wall Street protesters—say relieving students of nearly a trillion dollars in loans will help the rest of us, too. Ellen Brown asks, could it really work? By Ellen Brown Among the demands of the Wall Street protesters is student debt forgiveness—a debt “jubilee.” Occupy Philly has a “Student […]

Where The 99 Percent Get Their Power

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (Oct 7, 2011) By Sarah Van Gelder Young people locking arms, facing arrest on a cold, wet Seattle street—it could have been the WTO protests that rocked the city more than ten years ago. Only this time, Seattle is just one of dozens of places where the movement for the 99 […]

Dear Big Coal: You’re Not Above the Law

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (September 20, 2011) How many times can a corporation break the law and continue to exist? Inside the fight to revoke Massey Energy’s corporate charter. By Sarah Van Gelder A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices and some politicians like to refer to corporations as “persons.” Few actual people, though, could […]

How State Banks Bring the Money Home

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (September 23, 2011) Big banks freeze out small business, but North Dakota’s state bank supports local jobs. The idea is catching on. By Stacy Mitchell One of the most significant, but least noticed, consequences of the rapid and dramatic consolidation of the banking industry over the last decade is how much […]

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret? by Ellen Brown In an article in The New York Times on August 19th titled “The North Dakota Miracle,” Catherine Rampell writes: Forget the Texas Miracle. Let’s instead take a look at North Dakota, which has the […]

On the Origin of Corporations

How the buccaneers and privateers of days past came to be the Wall Street profiteers of the present. by David Korten This is the tenth of a series of blogs based on excerpts adapted from the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. I wrote Agenda to spur a […]

How Wisconsin Could Turn Austerity into Prosperity: Own a Bank

Published in Yes! March 5, 2011. Reprinted with permission. An answer to state budget woes that doesn’t need to involve sacrificing workers’ rights. by Ellen Brown Public sector worker sitting in a bar: “They’re trying to take away our pensions.” Private sector worker: “What’s a pension?” As states struggle to meet their budgets, public pensions […]

Sarah van Gelder: “10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2010”

Published in Yes! December 22, 2010. Reprinted with permission. There was plenty of disappointment and hardship this year. But the year also brought opportunities for transformation. by Sarah van Gelder It was a tough year. The economy continued its so-called jobless recovery with Wall Street anticipating another year of record bonuses while most Americans struggle […]

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