New Economy

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It's the New Economy, Stupid

While Obama's policies have the short-term potential to improve the lives of many Americans beleaguered by the economic slump, the approach he champions is insufficient to tackle the long-term problems we face.

Most progressives have long embraced a clear alternative to the conservative story that prosperity flows best from a "free market" unfettered by government regulation and taxes.

What is the American Dream?: Dueling dualities in the American tradition

Throughout our history, there have been alternative, competing visions of the "good life" in America. The story of how these competing visions played out in our history is prologue to an important question: What is the American Dream and what is its future?

The issue came up in the early Republic, offspring of the ambiguity in Jefferson's declaration that we have an unalienable right to "the pursuit of happiness." Darrin McMahon in his admirable book, Happiness: A History, will be our guide here.

Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?

This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.

 “I don’t believe the economy is getting better,” says Billy R., a member of a mutual aid group in Oregon that he jokingly calls “my reality support group.” “All around me I’m surrounded by media and advertising urging me to keep borrowing, buying, and sleepwalking. I love meeting with others who are staring down the potential risks and challenges of the future.”

Lighting the Way to a New Economy

The keynote address I delivered to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in Charleston, NC on May 22, 2010

What a delight to be here in beautiful, sunny, historic Charleston for this amazing BALLE conference Lighting the Way to a New Economy.

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