The Crisis and The Way Out Of It: What We Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement more effectively addresses the cause of the financial crisis than economists and discussions in the mainstream press. Further, this movement embodies democratic solutions for a way beyond the crisis. This essay focuses on Occupy Wall Street’s facilitating of political action from disparate, heterogeneous partisans; increasing of transparency and participation in decision-making; and relying upon both human-scaled and participatory technologies. Through these processes, the Occupy Wall Street micro-community embodies a vision for a pluralistic, direct democratic society and demonstrates it through practice. Continue reading

Driving down healthcare costs: could a solution really be this simple?

The median cost of healthcare as a percentage of GDP for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the UK is 9.1%.

In the United States it’s 75% higher, at 16%. No wonder so many are concerned about the cost of healthcare in the United States. Continue reading

Economics without people

The fastest growing area in the social sciences: economics! Since all human behavior is thought to be able to be boiled down to processes of exchange, some economists see themselves as those most social of the social scientists, or at the very least the most fundamental (and fundamentally important). Economists believe they are studying the most rudimentary of human functions. But they seem to have devised an economics without people. Continue reading