A moral political economy that puts people above property

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  We do not have an adequate social safety net in the United States — how could it be otherwise when more than one in 10 Americans lived in poverty in 2020 in the wealthiest country on…

5 questions for Donald Cohen of In the Public Interest

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition. In “The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back,” authors Donald Cohen and Allen Mikaelian truly do sketch how consolidation of money and power are reshaping…

5 Questions for Juha Leppänen of Demos Helsinki

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  Neoliberal economic policies, which have been firmly entrenched around the globe for a generation, are under pressure like never before. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vast economic inequities and inequalities that free markets…

Racial justice, neoliberalism, and the climate crisis

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  One of the most compelling recent developments in U.S. politics is the increasing recognition among policymakers and advocates that climate policy is deeply interconnected with the struggle for racial justice. The importance of…

A new global minimum tax and the future of corporate taxation

This piece was originally featured in The New Common Sense newsletter from our Economy and Society Initiative. Read more from this edition.  In June 2021, more than 130 countries agreed to subject multinational corporations’ profits to a minimum tax of at least 15%. Such a deal—whose details are still being negotiated—would mark a milestone, because it would be…

What makes a good partnership? Transparency, trust—and a bit of patience!

This is the fourth in a series on shifting power in international giving and what INGOs, NGOs, and funders can do differently to support and sustain more equitable partnerships. In the introductory piece, Pat Scheid frames the issue of shifting power, and in the second, Joe Asunka shares strategies for funders to foster equitable partnerships.…

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