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A Jubilee for Student Debt? A Jubilee for Student Debt?
by Ellen Brown
Some—including Wall Street protesters—say relieving students of nearly a trillion dollars in loans will help the rest of us, too. Ellen Brown asks, could it really work?
Local Jobs Through Local Banking Local Jobs Through Local Banking
Not just the recession: What our banking system has to do with our unemployment crisis, and what we can do about it.
Banking for California’s Future Banking for California’s Future
by Ellen Brown
Wall Street’s not cutting it: California’s legislature voted to do a feasibility study on establishing a state-owned bank.
The Return of “Made in the U.S.A.” The Return of “Made in the U.S.A.”
by Jessica Reeder
In a time of layoffs and outsourcing, something surprising is happening in San Francisco and New York: manufacturing jobs are on the rise.
The Path to Real Prosperity The Path to Real Prosperity
by David Korten
Step by step we can reclaim for Main Street the economic and political power that Wall Street now holds and create a world that truly works for all.
Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy? Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.

Putting Corporate Tax Dodging on the Table 
Putting Corporate Tax Dodging on the Table
by Chuck Collins
In this time of austerity, major corporations are spending more on CEO pay and Congressional lobbying than they’re paying the IRS. How we can make them pay up.
North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil
by Ellen Brown
North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret?
Want Jobs? Rebuild the Dream Want Jobs? Rebuild the Dream
by Sarah van Gelder
Interview: Van Jones is leading a national mobilization to rebuild the middle class—through decent work, fair taxes, and opportunities for all.
Building a Resilient Economy Building a Resilient Economy
by Matt Stoller
Today’s economy relies on a globalized supply chain—where a single broken link can lead to widespread financial catastrophe. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Saying Goodbye to the P.O. Saying Goodbye to the P.O.
by Shannon Hayes
Thousands of small-town post offices are on notice for closure. Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes on what that will mean for the communities who love them.
Are You a Culture Worker? Are You a Culture Worker?
by David Korten
From religion to the arts, we have more influence on culture than we think. We can use that power to expand or to limit our possibilities as a species.
Reinventing Cleveland Reinventing Cleveland
One of the poorest cities in the nation is reinvesting in itself with a model for a localized economy.
Philadelphians Paint the Town Philadelphians Paint the Town
How art healed and united troubled communities in the City of Brotherly Love.
The American Dream, Reloaded The American Dream, Reloaded
It's happening: The movement to rebuild the dream means owning our stories about how it went wrong—and finding our own ways to make it right.
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