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Healthcare as a public service: Redesigning U.S. healthcare with health and equity at the center

The Veterans Health Administration—the country’s only fully public, integrated healthcare system—has a lot to tell us about how a national healthcare service for the United States might operate.

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Preston is putting socialist policies into practice

Labor movements must pursue a social and economic vision that can address the deep structural inequalities these pandemic years have exposed. Preston gives a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that collaboration with unions could achieve.

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This must be the year of climate action—we've wasted so many

The climate issue has grown too large and devastating to ignore. We need the demand for action raised to the highest decibel our civil society can generate.

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The case for investing in employee ownership

For many years now, conventional solutions to income and wealth inequality—minimum wage, unions, progressive taxation, or guaranteed income—have failed to gain enough momentum to reverse the trend of greater and greater accumulation among the already well-off. What if we added a new approach

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Get Pizza. Get Beer. Start Project. An interview with Gar Alperovitz

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz talks about how the democratic economy is coming into being during an October 2021 interview with Andrew Van Wagner, who has interviewed a number of leading thinkers for his Substack newsletter. In the interview, Alperovitz points out that elements

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A rescue plan built on community wealth, not corporate giveaways

The way we practice mainstream local economic development needs a reset. Community wealth building is the emergent development paradigm for making that happen.

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Every American deserves publicly owned generic drugs, opines author

Americans deserve publicly owned generic drugs, says Dana Brown, Director of The Next System Project at The Democracy Collaborative, a research and development lab for the democratic economy. In her op-ed, punished on The Orange Leader, she says, “Bold policies could have saved America’s largest

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Organizing the solidarity economy: A story of network building amid COVID-19

Early in 2020, the board of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (USSEN) called on like-minded organizations that were engaged in economic justice and systems change work to gather at a Resist and Build summit at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. But then came

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Strafford environmental lawyer says president failed to act on climate change

Gus Speth, 79, has been on the frontlines of environmental advocacy since the 1970s, and he saw, firsthand, much of the story he tells in his latest book, They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis, which was published last month by the MIT Press. “My book

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