New Economy

Why We Did an Issue on Debt
by James Trimarco, Christa Hillstrom
Good debts? We know it sounds crazy. But there’s a quiet revolution brewing in how we move money around, and we want our readers to know about it.
I Learned More by Leading a Student-Debt Strike Than I Did at College
by Nathan Hornes
After graduating from Everest College with a bad education and no job prospects in sight, I refused to pay my student loans. Now I’m helping lead the first student-debt strike in America.
“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.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Infographic: The Real Reason You Have So Much Debt (It’s Not Crazy Spending)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Heidi Bruce
$11.85 trillion in household debt has more to do with stagnant wages (and predatory banks) than shopping sprees.
The Crunch: Why Washington D.C. Hired a Herd of Goats (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
This week we’re talking about the future of work, a "masculine studies" program... and goats.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer Luxton
From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.
This New Rule Will Bring Secretive Corporate Tax Breaks to Light
by Puck Lo
Every year, governments spend tens of billions of dollars on tax breaks for private companies. Now, state and city governments will have to start reporting it as lost income.
This NYC Real Estate Co-Op Helps Small Businesses Stay Put
by Araz Hachadourian
A New York City co-op raises $1.2 million in pledges to fight gentrification and provide affordable rent for local business owners.
The Weekly Crunch: Tiny Houses in Vancouver and Why the South Is the New China
by YES! Staff
This week: Bee activists step up their game, Bernie Sanders lays out his views on all thing politicals, and fracking takes its toll on Oklahoma.
Seattle Led the Country’s Minimum Wage Revolution. Can It Do the Same With Rent Control?
by Marcus Harrison Green
New York and San Francisco both suffer from soaring rents and gentrification, despite decades of regulation. How Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant plans to do affordable housing right.
A North Carolina Textile Co-Op Gives Immigrant Workers a Stake in the Business
by Cecilia Garza
In a state that lost 88 percent of its textile industry jobs in just 10 years, small worker-owned cooperatives are islands of rights and resilience.
Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed
by Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side
by Kristin Moe
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.