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The News from Dragon Mountain

By John M. Repp, activist in Seattle.  In May 2013, four Seattle peace and justice activists got a chance to visit Mondragon, the place where the largest and most successful group of producer cooperatives in the world began. Mondragon (“dragon mountain”)...
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The State of American Manufacturing – Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge

In his recent Rethinking Prosperity lecture, renowned economist Richard Wolff noted that during the 1970s, capitalists have left high wage countries in favor of what he referred to as the “hinterland” where people are poor and wages are low. This...
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Too Good to Be True: Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” Scandal and the Rule of Profit

Volkswagen’s deception, fraud, and regulatory and criminal violations are sickening. While it’s tempting and necessary to figure out what happened and who is responsible, it’s not sufficient. We need to question the underlying values and assumptions...
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“Oui” to Green Policy

Lena Blake Recently, the French Parliament passed laws mandating all new buildings built in commercial zones in France to be partially covered in plants or solar panels. These green roofs will improve air quality, regulate building temperatures, mediate...
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“Ingredients” – And Their Implications for our Health, Economy & Environment

“Ingredients” (2009) is an inspiring and mouthwatering documentary about the local food movement in the United States. It has a dual regional focus as it explores the state of the local food supply in Oregon and New York State. The filmmakers also...
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The Dutch Secret to Happiness: Working Less?

By Ben Lennon   | Americans work. A lot. And we have for a long time. The 40-hour workweek was implemented during the Great Depression, and at the time it represented a cut in average hours worked, intending to be used as a job creation tool. Back...
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Is It a Good Investment?

The renovated entrance to Bellwether’s Parker Apartments in Seattle. Photo courtesy of KUOW.com. This post originally appeared at lesliechristianfinancial.com courtesy of Leslie Christian, CFA, investment advisor for integrated capital. In a...
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IKEA is the new leader in Sustainable Living

It’s no secret that Sweden is considered one of the world leaders in green energy. The Scandinavian country has been so efficient at implementing green energy technologies that, in 2012, they became the first country in Europe to meet the EU’s...
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The Solution Is Beyond Lowering Prices of Organic Food

By Stephanie Forbis | One may think that only rich people can afford organic food because it is so expensive. The important aspect to take into consideration is not simply the cost of it being more but understanding why that cost is more. Organic food...
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