New Economy

Can Local Economies Revolutionize the US? This Adviser to China Thinks So
by Marcus Harrison Green
Laurence Brahm advises the Chinese government on economic and environmental policy. Here’s what he thinks the United States can learn from China.
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.
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances
by Sarah Anderson
Critics of the TPP forged relationship with foreign allies, firmed up union positions, and forced some concessions on the secrecy of the text.
What’s Next for the World’s Largest Federation of Worker-Owned Co-Ops?
by Mary Hansen
A conversation with Mondragon President Josu Ugarte on the future of the mega-cooperative.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David Korten
The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money
by James Trimarco
After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
by Jonathan Rosenblum
A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
by James Trimarco, Marc J. Palm
Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections—these policy monsters are way scarier.
Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
by Alexis Goldstein
A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren't inevitable.
Europe Leads U.S. in Effort to Tax Financial "Speed Demons"
by Sarah Anderson
The European Commission expects a tiny tax on financial transactions to raise an estimated $42 billion per year while discouraging purely speculative short-term trading.
New Video from Harry Potter Director Promotes Tax on Wall Street
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The video, set in 2024, shows European bankers looking back at the passage of a tax that brought "serious money to the fight against extreme poverty."
As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols
by James Trimarco
A trade deal likely to harm environmental and labor protections may be losing momentum. But it's not dead yet.
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
by Sarah van Gelder
While the president outlined important steps forward last night, bolder steps are needed. Here are eight with the power to truly create the universal opportunity the president called for.
TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You"
by James Trimarco
Negotiators from Latin American and Asian countries said they were "doing their best" to stand up to the U.S. Trade Representative.