New Economy

This Is the Real Success Story of the Affordable Care Act
by Mark Trahant
Government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare are efficient and reliable—and already cover 36 percent of Americans.
The Many Benefits of Making (and Eating) Chocolate Right Where It Grows
by Simran Sethi
Dried cocoa beans historically have been shipped to Europe and the U.S. for chocolate making. But keeping the process close to home empowers farmers and supports local economies.
Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen
by Melissa Hellmann
By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education.
Robert Reich: Why Trump’s “America First” Plan Is Pure Fantasy
by Robert Reich
Trumponomics fails because it ignores the American worker. Here’s what we should do instead.
In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive
by J. Gabriel Ware
After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound.
Governor’s Order to Protect State’s Immigrants Is More Than a Moral Choice
by Josh Cohen
Immigrants make up 17 percent of the state’s workforce. If Washington’s undocumented workers were deported, nearly $14.5 billion in economic activity could be lost.
For Automation to Benefit Society, It Must Serve Humans, Not Replace Them
by David Korten
We face the prospect of an economy with little need for humans. Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love, and human purpose.
To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You
by Chuck Collins
The only solution is to bring your wealth home and invest in community resilience to ensure the survival of all.
Call for Submissions: It’s Time for a Just Transition
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by March 13.
Are Americans Ready to Strike?
by James Trimarco
This past October, women in Poland used a mass strike to stop an abortion ban. Organizers in the U.S. are looking to similar tactics in Europe to show the Trump administration they mean business.
The Carbon Tax Debate Isn’t Going Away. What Would the Ideal Bill Look Like?
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
After opposing a Washington state carbon tax in November, climate justice advocates are setting the stage for a more thorough initiative to address both climate change and inequality.
Seattle Just Divested Billions From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline
by J. Gabriel Ware, James Trimarco
Minneapolis and others are ready to follow.
University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts
by Melissa Hellmann
The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.
How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub
by Christa Hillstrom
As rents rise and independent businesses in Minneapolis lose their leases to large national chains, a first-of-its-kind co-op found a solution.
6 States With Criminal Justice Reform Wins to Celebrate
by Jaime Alfaro, Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
In Oregon, incarcerated women stay connected with their children through special visitations and virtual parent-teacher conferences.