New Economy

The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It’s That Bad
by David Korten
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated for an up-or-down vote in Congress. Proponents say it’s about free trade. But it looks more like corporate colonization.
Austin’s Unique Policy Shift to Create Jobs for Everyone, Not Just Techies
by Amy Evans
How the city is promoting local economic growth that goes beyond deals for big companies.
More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: This Time, They’re Coming for Your Democracy
by Sarah van Gelder
Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.” Today, he says “things have just gotten so much worse.”
Frances Moore Lappé: Why I’m Facing Arrest to Get Money Out of Politics
by James Trimarco
On April 11, thousands of marchers with Democracy Spring will arrive in the nation’s capital. It’s expected to be the largest civil disobedience action in decades.
Why Teaming Up with Unions Might be the Best Way to Build the Co-Op Movement
by Brian Van Slyke
Growing numbers of unions are successfully turning to the cooperative model to fight for workers’ rights.
Call for Submissions: The Gig Economy
by YES! Staff
Workers outside the traditional paycheck economy now constitute 30 percent of the workforce. The fall issue of YES! Magazine will look at what’s driving this new kind of economy, and how workers can help shift it into a better direction. Send us your pitches by March 25.
Craft Beer vs. Budweiser: How Small Brewers Are Winning Back the Neighborhood
by A.C. Shilton
Good beer comes from collaboration, not competition. By working together, small brewers everywhere are giving corporations a run for their money.
How A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
by Fran Korten
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
What Legalizing Street Vending Could Do for L.A.’s Local Economy
by Daniel Ross
Los Angeles is one of few U.S. cities where street trade isn’t widely permitted. But for immigrants and low-income people, it’s often the only way to earn a living.
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
by Richard Heinberg
It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
The Hidden, Very Good Reason for the $10 Oil Tax
by Arun Gupta
Doomed as it may be, an oil tax is a step toward redefining energy as a public good—for which everyone pays the cost of overuse and abuse.
The Economy We Want Starts With a Constitutional Amendment
by Keith Harrington
A more democratic and equal election system is the first step toward a more democratic and equal economy.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca Nathanson
This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim Shultz
The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?