Bringing Economics Down to Earth


Bringing Economics Down to Earth

Mary Mellor @ Schumacher College: 

The queen of England asked, "Why did economists not see this coming?"  Very many did, but they are not part of the "accepted" economic/political scene. Only now are they beginning to be heard, and powerfully so. Mary Mellor looks at alternative economic/political options.

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Question about economics terminology

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz Feb 18, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi - I'd like to know if anyone knows if there is or are a particular term or various terms in economics used for the following?When the energy efficiency of something is improved then to some extent…Continue

There is no such thing as a free market economy, level playing fields, or equality of access to information.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by jlaz Jun 8, 2013. 2 Replies

OK, my best guess is, the path we have been on since 1975 has been in the wrong direction, leading us to a spread between rich and poor that will be equal to or greater than the Great Depression. I…Continue

A must-see video which explains our current economic situation beautifully

Started by Jedi Wanderer. Last reply by Jedi Wanderer Mar 20, 2013. 3 Replies The first 38 minutes is just the most concise, elegant explanation of how we…Continue

Dateline Sunday night

Started by booklover. Last reply by booklover Jun 25, 2012. 2 Replies

The show Dateline last night was about 3 middle-class families that fell out of the middle-class after losing jobs, having medical expenses, etc.  It was really interesting.  I think all 3 families…Continue

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Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 16, 2012 at 8:43am

wow.. even sig freud's nephew? or relative in the U.S. used the know-how of psychology to control people through his corporate bosses! father of PR! wow.. trip!

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 11, 2012 at 12:50pm

Florida credit unions add 48,000 new members, reach $45B in assets

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 9, 2012 at 9:29pm

there needs to be more wifi available to families
it's a no brainer; it's up there with water and fuel

Comment by Chris on June 1, 2012 at 1:19am

After the Citizens United supreme court case and financial meltdown of 2008 I started becoming politically active and reading what I could about ways to fix the problem of unequal representation. A subset of a group I'm with started a campaign to get the county to move their money into credit unions or banks that aren't too big to fail. Because of their work I came across information about Public Banks (Owned by the state as opposed to Private Banks which are owned by shareholders). Public Banks seem like a great idea yet there is only one in the U.S. and that's in ND. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand used to have Public banks, but according to one of the lectures I saw the Bank of England (a private bank) shut them down. Now the BRICS countries have Public Banks which may be why these countries are so successful. The website Public Banking in America has some interesting videos. I've only watched 5 of 9 of them and see Public Banking as a good solution to economic problem.

Here's the easiest video to watch

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 29, 2012 at 3:25am

there's a facebook group called 'automation socialism' u may be interested in... or just occupy in general...

Comment by Ted E Bear on May 9, 2012 at 10:46pm
Thanks for the invite Joan. :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2012 at 8:05pm

Jennifer, I am happy to see you join this group. I look forward to what we can discover about economics without all the jargon. There has to be some sense to all this drama, I just don't see it yet. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2012 at 3:08am

Chris, welcome to this group. We are in a time of profound changes, economically, politically, and with social issues popping up everywhere. It feels a little like the 1960s. Lots of chaos and conflict. Some think economics is a dismal science ... well, for one thing, it hasn't been much of a science in the past, it has been more dogma with dogmatic leadership. Things are shaking up a bit now. 


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