New Economy

Infographic: A History of Debt Forgiveness and Relief
by Lindsey Weedston, Jennifer Luxton
As long as there has been lending, there have been times when the people’s debt becomes a crisis. Here’s a look at the policy solutions governments have been using, starting in ancient Sumer.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
“Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay.” Everything You’ve Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
by Charles Eisenstein
With the nation’s household debt burden at $11.85 trillion, even the most modest challenges to its legitimacy have revolutionary implications.
These Former Debt Collectors Decided to Ditch the Industry, Buy Up Medical Debt, and Forgive It
by Araz Hachadourian
Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico spent decades hounding debtors to pay their bills—until an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street inspired them to find a way to pay struggling people's debts.
Economic Growth Doesn't Make a Wealthy Nation, Safety and Happiness Do
by Araz Hachadourian
Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
by David Korten
Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.
It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System
The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya
by Raúl Carrillo
The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter Barnes
After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit
by Liam Barrington-Bush, Jen Wilton
The town of Marinaleda, often called Spain's "communist utopia," is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible.
"Black Women’s Blueprint" Helps Low-Income Women Get By—Through Bartering
by Laura Flanders
Farah Tanis learned that, of the women in poverty she worked with, 9 out of 10 had experienced violence—so she started a bartering network to help them survive.
Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge
by Liz Pleasant
We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again
by Jennifer O'Brien
The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free.
These 5 Black Friday Send-Ups Remind Us to Keep Laughing, Not Shopping
by Erin Sagen
Think the "biggest shopping day of the year" has become too depraved to be funny? Let Louis C.K., Seinfeld, and South Park transform your anxiety into hilarity.
Artist's Dollar-Bill Collages Question the Meaning of Money
by YES! online staff
"Anarchists are certain I'm an anarchist because I cut up a favorite tool of the oppressor," artist Mark Wagner says. "Capitalists think I'm a capitalist because I revel in it."