On (Perfect) Competition

Economics has rather a bad name, these days. Nonspecialists (like, say, “the 99 percent”) see the discipline as either haplessly self-referential, or as an efficient set of wealth-consolidation tools for the wealthy. But we might not want to be so quick to reject the “Econ” department. Perhaps the field offers some concepts that can be … Read more

Sandtown: Too Far Down?

When do we just walk away? How far down does a neighborhood, or a city (or a nation, or a planet) have to go before we accept that the cause is lost, that no reform or movement can save it? Ursula LeGuin’s “Hainish” series of novels deals with a federation of planets, far in the … Read more

Julia Bossmann: Challenges Of A Post-Work Society

BIL: Oakland 2016 Recession Generation was an Earthsharing.org conference in Oakland, California on July 9th. Foresight Institute president Julia Bossmann presented an argument for moving toward a post-work society, and the changes both economic and social that would be required to achieve this. Bossmann recounts the incredible advances in artificial intelligence we are witnessing, whereby … Read more

EarthSharing.org on Stanford Radio KZSU 90.1 FM Promoting the Recession Generation Event

WKZSU 90.1 FM Stanford University Radio Interviews EarthSharing.org   July 5th, 2016, Edward Miller and Jacob Shwartz-Lucas were invited onto Stanford University Radio to discuss an event they would organize in Oakland a few days later. The event was titled BIL Oakland 2016: The Recession Generation. The discussion revolved around the event’s aim of helping … Read more

99 Homes: A Film That Captures the Hardship Caused by the Crash

Rosemary Williams Evicted from 3138 Clinton Avenue South from Flickr via Wylio

Lacar Musgrove & Jacob Shwartz-Lucas On a July night in 2009, Sophia Ramos and her two grandchildren pitched a tent on a family-owned patch of property in a rural area of Hawaii. The two boys were crying. These weren’t spoiled kids reluctant to go camping –they were homeless. The Ramos family lost their home amid … Read more