Economic Alternatives

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Connexions Library

The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know
Magdoff, Fred; Yates, Michael D.
Book
2009
Rich, powerful people created the economic crisis of 2008-09, while hundreds of millions of working people suffer the consequences -- lost homes, lost jobs, rising insecurity, and falling living stand...
Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth - Second Edition
Korten, David. C.
Book
2009
Korten offers in-depth advice on how to mount a grassroots campaign to bring about an economy based on locally owned, community oriented “living enterprises” whose success is measured as much by their...
Alternate Societies: A brief survey on intentional community in European history
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1993
A brief outline of the history of attempts in western society to create living arrangements which would complement, and in some cases further, efforts to become economically independent.
Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
An Alternative for SYRIZA
Achilleas and Eleni
Article
2015
In order to regain sovereignty, a country has to exit not only the EZ, if a member, but the EU itself. Liberated from the noose of the EU treaties and regulations, Greek people will have the freedom t...
Alternative Press Center
Organization
Annotated links to alternative points of view available on the Internet.
The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution 1936-1939
Dolgoff, Sam
Book
1974
Examines the experiments in workers' self-management, both urban and rural, which took place in Spain during the revolution and Civil War.
Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Barter Networks: Lessons from Argentina for Greece
Sitrin, Marina
Article
2015
"How did Argentina survive their economic crisis?"; "Are they doing better now?"; "What happened to the factory takeovers?"; "Did millions of people really participate in the barter network? Did they ...
Beyond Poverty and Affluence: Towards a Canadian Economy of Care
Goudzwaard, Bob; de Lange, Harry
Book
1995
By studying societal realities such as poverty, pollution, environmental degradation and losses from quality and quantity of work, Goudzwaad and de Lange believe that a new economic practice is needed...
Beyond the Profits System : Possibilities for a Post-Capitalist Era
Shutt, Harry
Book
2010
Shutt offers an analysis of the collapse of the capitalist system by determining factors inhibiting its revival and goes on to offering an alternative to the current system.
A Bibliography on Material Pertinent to the Informal Economy
Canadian Network on the Informal Economy
Book
1982
...
Bleeding the Patient: The Debt/Deficit Hoax Exposed
Article
1993
An edited transcript of a four-hour discussion held by nine progressive political economists. Discusses the hysteria around the government debt-deficit issue and the difficulty in developing counter-a...
Blueprint for a Green Economy
Pearce, David; Markandya, Anil; Barbier, Edward B.
Book
1989
A set of practical proposals for financing a sustainable environment.
Bookchin on Technology
McLaughlin, Tom
Article
1978
Murray Bookchin's arguments for a liberatory technology.
The Breakdown of Nations
Kohr, Leopold
Book
1957
Kohr maintains that throughout history, people who have lived in small states are happier, more peaceful, more creative and more prosperous. He argues that virtually all our political and social probl...
Brexit: Establishment Freak Out
Hahnel, Robin
Article
2016
The "masters of the universe" are shocked and displeased. Increasing numbers of voters are registering their anger, most recently by voting for Brexit in Great Britain. But many who voted for Bernie S...
Build It Now: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century
Lebowitz, Michael
Book
2006
Influenced by the dramatic proeesses unfolding in Venezuela, Lebowitz re-imagines a socialism for the twenty-first century that places workers and popular communities at the centre of the project.
Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote
Todd, Joseph
Article
2016
After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it -- but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through.
Building Economic Alternatives
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1992
Moffatt outlines many currently practiced methods of creating an alternative economy.
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Capitalism is a Waste of Time: Godwin, Malthus & the Ideology of "No Alternative"
Rhodes, Jason
Article
2010
The "no alternative" of permanent scarcity is both the all too familiar essence of our daily politics as well as the ideology at the heart of the discipline of economics, defined in the most widely us...
Capital's War on the People
Hossein-zadeh, Ismael
Article
2010
It is time to change the parameters of the debate, from “when or by how much social spending should be cut?” to “why should the people pay for something they are not responsible for?”
A Carbon-Free Future: An Interview with Arjun Makhijani
Article
2009
A carbon-free future is possible and necessary.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Catch your dreams - utopia is possible!: While Marinaleda has its flaws, it reminds us that alternative economic models are not only possible, they already exist.
Barrington-Bush, Liam; Wilton, Jen
Article
2014
Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democrac...
Christians in the Crisis
Vandezande
Book
1984
Describes the urgent need for Christians to respond to the socio-economic and political crises of our time.
The Closing Circle: Man, Technology & the Environment
Commoner, Barry
Book
1971
Commoner argues that economic life must be structured to conform to the principles of ecology, as opposed to the goal of unlimited growth that underpins capitalist economies. ...
Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Nembhard, Jessica Gordon
Book
2014
In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.
Collectives in Spain
Leval, Gaston
Article
1938
A contemporary account of the Spanish Anarchist movements during the 1930's by Gaston Leval, a prominent anarcho-syndicalist. Attention focuses on the roles of "agrarian socialism" and education in th...
Collectives in the Spanish Revolution
Leval, Gaston
Book
1971
An account of the collectives set up in Spain during the struggle against Franco.
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Community Economic Workshops: An Evolutionary Preparation for Social Revolution to Economic Democracy Within an Ecological Society
Article
1979
A short discussion of the use of "community economic workshops" in constructing a democratic, anarchistic society.
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Overview: Economy, Poverty, Work
Article
1989
To effect desired change, it is necessary to have the power to set a different agenda, and therefore to challenge the current concentration of economic and political power. One of the keys to building...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Economy, Poverty, Work Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the economy and economics.
The Conquest of Bread
Kropotkin, Peter
Article
A discussion of collectivism and the need to abolish representative government, and monetary systems.
Consumer Hell
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The problem with gross domestic product is that there are no deductions involved: all economic activity is accounted as if it were of positive value. Social harm is added to, not subtracted from, soci...
Cooperation at Work: The Mondragon Experience
Bradley, Keith; Gelb, Alan
Book
1983
A guide to work co-operatives, based on the experience of the Mondragon group of co-operatives in Spain.
Discussion Paper: Searching for Fairness
Article
1993
An overview of some of the issues being addressed by the Fair Tax Commission. Looks at some of the implications of the fairness issues that have been raised, and at the issues that arise in translatin...
Don't socialize the losses - take the whole thing!: Socialize all of finance under democratic control!
Lerner, Eric
Article
2008
A demand that a few weeks ago would have seemed leftist utopianism is now entirely reasonable and indeed the only practical solution. If ALL the financial institutions- banks, insurance companies, sav...
Ecology as Politics
Gorz, Andre
Book
1980
Socialism is no better than capitalism if it makes use of the same tools. The total domination of nature inevitably entails a domination of people by the techniques of domination.
E-Commerce vs. E-Commons: Communications in the public interest
Moll, Marita; Shad, Leslie Regan (eds.)
Book
2001
From privacy issues to intellectual property, from universal access to union activism, these essays challenge the rush to deregulate and disconnect communications from the public interest.
The Economic Revolution: Towards a Sustainable Future By Freeing The Economy From Money-Making
Hoogendijk, William
Book
1992
Money making grows at the cost of destroying our social fabirc and resource base and proposes a new economic remedy.
Economics As If Future Generations Mattered
Raffensperger, Carolyn; Butler, Kaitlin
Article
2014
We have turned a corner on climate change-- a wrong turn-- and it is happening more rapidly than we have predicted. Climate change is already disrupting society, ecosystems, and national economies. We...
The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth
Anielski, Mark
Book
2007
Anielski's premise is quite simple: how can we go beyond mere material wealth to achieve veritable wealth-good health, meaningful relationships, spirituality, a clean environment, peace, justice and ...
The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive
Baker, Dean
Book
2011
Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservative...
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
Envisioning Economic Justice: Against The Current vol. 130
Tambor, Milton
Article
2007
The organizers of the U.S. Social Forum must be commended for making possible this political happening with its 900 workshops. The USSF has succeeded in bringing together activists from many diverse s...
An Examination of the Microcredit Movement
Meade, Jason
Article
An examination of the microcredit movement, its history, how it functions, and future trends.
Fighting for Hope: Organizing to Realize Our Dreams
Kuyek, Joan Newman
Book
1990
Detailed information and advice on how to organize a group for social change.
First Person Plural: A Community Development Approach to Social Change
Smith, David
Book
1994
Smith provides an account of his experiences and addresses the ways of building an effective and democratic orgranization to bring about social transformation. Useful for those interested in adult edu...
Flying Without A Net: The "Economic Freedom" of Working Canadians in 2000
Brown, Amanda; Stanford, Jim
Book
2000
Reports on a project to construct a quantitative index summarizing the multi-dimensional economic status of working people in Canada, based on variations in 14 different component indicators of econom...
For a Workers Recovery Plan - The Causes and Cures of a New Great Depression
Lerner, Eric
Article
2009
Economics is now not just for the experts. If anything is clear from the panic that started in mid- September, 2008, it is that workers must understand the economy. For clearly the 'experts' have no i...
For Workers' Climate Action: Climate Change and Working-Class Struggle
Hampton, Paul
Article
2015
A new collection of articles and reviews on the fight against dangerous climate change, capitalism and workers' organisation and struggle. Urges the left to reach out to climate activists to make the ...
A Fossil Fuel Exit Program
Ekeland, Anders
Article
2014
A complete transition away from fossil fuels is necessary within a few decades. The question is how to construct an exit strategy that will accomplish this. James Hansen has provided a starting point ...
Free Trade and the New Right Agenda
Warnock, John
Book
1988
A useful snapshot of the 'free trade' debate at the time of the 1988 Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada.
A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today
LeBlanc, Paul; Yates, Michael D.
Book
2013
While the Civil Rights Movement is remembered for efforts to end segregation and secure the rights of African Americans, the larger economic vision that animated much of the movement is often overlook...
From the Roots Up: Economic Development as if Community Mattered
Ross, David P., Usher, Peter. J.
Book
1986
...
Get a Life!: How to make a good buck dance around the dinosaurs and save the world while you're at it
Roberts, Wayne; Brandum, Susan
Book
1995
Simultaneoulsy a textbook on new careers and lifestyles for aspiring entrepreneurs and a strategy for social, economic and environmental renewal.
Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition
Young, Patrick
Article
2016
If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If we’re going to se...
Grassroots Power and Non-Market Economies: An Interview with Beverly Bell
Article
2009
People are organized across many sectors that have never chosen to step out into the popular movement before. For example, indigenous peoples in the last 10 years or so have made a determination that ...
Green Business: Hope or Hoax?: Toward an Authentic Strategy for Restoring the Earth
Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith
Book
1991
Is green business a viable strategy or a contradiction in terms?
Green Political Thought
Dobson, Andrew
Book
1992
Gute Argumente: Verkehr
Seifried, Dieter
Book
1990
Informiert anschaulich and sachlich über die Grundlagen des Verkehrssystems, über the Hintergründe der auto-orientierten Gesleeschaft und uber unweltschonende und wirtschaflich vorteilhafte Alternativ...
Home!: A Bioregional Reader
Andruss, Van, Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith, Wright, Eleanor
Book
1990
A guide to the vision and strategy of bioregionalism.
How Change Happens: A Three-Fold Strategy: To build a new economy, we must work on three fronts
Korten, David
Article
2011
The power of authentic culture stories gives civil society the ultimate advantage in the contest for the human future. Stories alone will not, of course, bring down the institutions of Empire. Nor sho...
How to Promote a Just Transition and Break out of the jobs vs. environment trap: A Superfund for Workers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2015
A strategy has been emerging to protect workers and communities whose livelihoods may be threatened by climate protection policies. Protecting those who lose their jobs due to necessary environmental ...
Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves: Further Adventures in the Territories of Hope
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2010
Capitalism is only kept going by this army of anti-capitalists, who constantly exert their powers to clean up after it, and at least partially compensate for its destructiveness. Behind the system we ...
Imagine a Stadium
Albert, Michael
Article
2012
A plea for organization.
Is Capitalism Sustainable?: Political Economy and the Politics of Ecology
O'Connor, Martin
Book
1994
The book concludes that world-scale capitalism may be viable for some time, but its costs (cultural, ecological, increased conflict) will be great.
James Hansen and the Climate-Change Exit Strategy
Bellamy Foster, John
Article
2013
Hansen has provided the starting point for a realistic climate-change exit strategy aimed at keeping the increase in global average temperatures below 2°C (3.6° F), an amount that constitutes the plan...
Land trust: Connexipedia Article
Article
There are two distinct definitions of a land trust: 1) a private, nonprofit organization that, as all or part of its mission, actively works to conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or con...
Left Business Observer
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Left Business Observer is a newsletter on economics and politics.
Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay
Nickerson, Michael
Book
2006
The failure to reduce green house gas emissions, the success of efforts to curb ozone depletion, causes related to prosperity and social justice are just some the topics covered. By using the example ...
The Living Economy: A New Economics in the Making
Elkins, Paul (ed.)
Book
1986
An attempt to summarize the "new economics" for a wider audience. The new economics can be briefly described as that body of work, beginning with E.F. Schumacher, Herman Daly, and Hazel Henderson, whi...
LIVING IN THE U.X.A.
Curl, John
Article
2009
At the height of the Great Depression, a group of unemployed Oakland workers decided to take matters into their own hands. The system wasn't working, so they set up their own system. Money was nearly ...
Living with the Land: Communities Restoring the Earth
Meyer, Christine; Moosang, Faith
Book
1992
A collection of stories from grassroots communities about the benefits of ecological living.
The Meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution: Against The Current vol. 113
Albo, Greg
Article
2004
A feature of revolutions is that they keep coming around in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Who would have dared predict the eruption that was Seattle in November 1999, when the powers behi...
Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
Lasn, Kalle and Adbusters
Book
2012
Meme Wars presents a new way of looking at our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model. The book is image-heavy ...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
The Microfinance Delusion: Marred by Wall Street-Style Greed, Profiteering, Client Abuse, and Market Chaos
Bateman, Milford
Article
2012
By celebrating self-help and individual entrepreneurship, and by implicitly discrediting all forms of collective effort, such as trade unions, social movements, cooperatives, public spending, a pro-po...
Mondragon Worker-Cooperatives Decide How to Ride Out a Downturn
Kelly, Georgia
Article
2009
The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the largest consortium of worker-owned companies, has developed a different way of doing business - a way that puts workers, not shareholders, first.
Natural Causes: Essays in Ecological Marxism
O'Connor, James
Book
1998
O'Connor provides an ecological Marxist analysis and suggests new political strategies.
Nature of Economies
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2000
Jacobs argues that since human beings exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect, we should look to the processes of nature for vibrant and flexible models of economic planni...
The Need for Alternative Employment
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1989
An alternative economy would enable movement people to integrate their bread labour with their social change work.
A New and Better Canada: Principles and Policies of a New Canadian Political Party
Hurtig, Mel
Book
1992
Hurtig calls for a new political party committed to sweeping political reform and plans to put Canadians back to work.
A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
2016
Grassroots movement organizations from every continent will hold a global week of action called Break Free From Fossil Fuels in May 2016. They envision tens of thousands of people mobilizing worldwide...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade
Ransom, David
Book
2001
Ransom suggests that fair, environmentally-conscious trade is not only a viable alternative to unfair free trade, but that it is the way of the future.
The Organizer's Manual
O.M. Collective
Book
1971
Practical suggestions for small-group and grassroots organizing, political self-e4ducation, mass education and communications, alternate community services, mass actions, legal and medical self-defens...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015: Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 13, 2016: Sports and Politics
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Sports and politics have always been intertwined, though perhaps never as much so as in the current era. In the modern sports era, survival and success depend largely on the favour of corporations, wh...
Parecon and the nature of reformism: A review of Robin Hahnel (2005). Economic Justice and Democracy; From Competition to Cooperation. NY
Price, Wayne
Article
2005
The concept of participatory economics, as developed by Hahnel and Albert, is worth exploring. They are inspired by the tradition of libertarian, councilist, socialism. They share the values of revolu...
Parecon & Participatory Society: An Interview with Michael Albert
Albert, Michael; Grinder, Matt
Article
2010
Participatory Economics, or parecon for short, is a vision for how to conduct economics in a classless manner. It delivers to workers and consumers self managed say over their economic lives, a condit...
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
Zinn, Howard
Book
1990
Essays looking at American political ideology.
People First Economics
Ransom, David; Baird, Vanessa
Book
2008
Toxic debt, rising job losses, collapsing commodity prices and expanding poverty. How can we rein in these beasts unleashed by the free market economy?
People or Personnel and Like a Conquered Province
Goodman, Paul
Book
1968
Goodman offers his analysis of what is wrong with American society, and what could be done about it.
The Philosophy of Social Ecology: Essays on Dialectical Naturalism
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1990
Bookchin addresses questions such as 'What is nature?", "What is humanity's place in nature?", "What is the relationship of society to the natural world?"
The Policy of Abstention
Morris, William
Article
1887
Morris argues that socialism should be fought for using mass action rather than parliamentary action.
Post Scarcity Anarchism
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1971
Modern radicals, says Bookchin, have ignored the real revolutionary possibilities of modern technology and the counterculture. Unless they start building a movement which looks to the future, they are...
The Poverty of Power: Energy and the Economic Crisis
Commoner, Barry
Book
1976
Commoner argues that the environmental, energy, and economic crises are interconnected. The industries that use the most energy have the highest negative impact on the environment; the focus on non-re...
Prefigurative politics: Connexipedia Article
Article
The concept of building a new world in the shell of the old.
Privatizing Social Security: Who Wins?: Against The Current vol. 114
Prins, Nomi
Article
2005
Over the years, there have been numerous attempts and proposals to privatize the social security system. It was a key Republican platform item in the 2000 election. The idea was subsequently thwarte...
Radical Simplicity And The Middle Class
Alexander, Samuel
Article
2012
A description of what a life of radical simplicity might look like suggesting radical simplicity is appealing, provided that the transition was anticipated and widely negotiated.
A Radical Vision for Victory: A Freedom Budget for All Americans
Buhle, Paul
Article
2013
This remarkable book brings back into view a radical vision for victory within the mainstream, armed with the kind of expectation glimpsed briefly in the 2008 election race but this time without the s...
Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the twenty-first century
Spannos, Chris (ed.)
Book
2008
Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.
Reclaiming the Canadian economy: A Sweddish approach through functional Socialism
Adler-Karlsson, Gunnar; Rotstein, Abraham [introduction by]
Book
1970
The Red and the Black: Profit is the motor of capitalism. What would it be under socialism?
Ackerman, Seth
Article
2012
In this essay, I start from the common socialist assumption that capitalism’s central defects arise from the conflict between the pursuit of private profit and the satisfaction of human needs. Then I ...
Red Bologna
Jaggi, Max
Book
1977
Examines the Communist administration of the city of Bologna.
Seven Reasons Why I Advocate Parecon
Albert, Michael
Article
2009
As economies all around us gasp and constrict, more and more people are willing to seriously recognize what has always been evident - that even at its best and certainly at its worst capitalism is a d...
Sharing as our common cause
Article
2014
A call for sharing underpins many existing initiatives for social justice, environmental stewardship, true democracy and global peace. On this basis, STWR argues that sharing should be more widely pro...
Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered
Schumacher, E.F.
Book
1973
Schumacher argues that mainstream economics is incompatible with the long-term ends of humanity.
Solidarity Economies: A Guerrilla War against Capitalism: An Interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo
Bell, Beverly; Hsu, Jessica
Article
2014
Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we strug...
A Targeted Approach to Worker Co-op Development: Lessons from Mondragon and Northern Italy
Kreiner, Sherman L.
Article
1988
Targeted strategies offer advantages: First, expertise which permits the rapid assessment of prospective deals. Second, by concentrating on businesses which have some similarities, it is possible to b...
This Changes Everything
Lewis, Avi (director); Klein, Naomi (narrator)
Film/Video
2015
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, the film presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar S...
Towards a Canadian Economy
Goudzwaard, Bob; de Lange, Harry
Book
1986
Towards a Decentralist Commonwealth
Alperovitz, Gar
Article
1979
Could the basic structural concept of common ownership of society's resources for the benefit of all ever be achieved, institutionally, in ways which fostered and sustained, rather than eroded and des...
Towards Workers' Climate Action: Book review
Leyshon, Traven
Article
2016
A review of a book and a pamphlet by Paul Hampton, both on the urgent need for workers' action on climate change.
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
Hewitt, Ben
Book
2010
An account of how cooperative agricultural enterprises are revitalizing the economy of a town in Vermont.
Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
Rebick, Judy
Book
2009
Rebick champions new ways of achieving political goals by emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and partisanship.
12 Reasons You'll Be Hearing More About The Commons In 2012
Walljasper, Jay
Article
2012
"We Power" stands at the convergence of economic and cultural trends.
25 Years After the Gdansk Uprising: Against The Current vol. 121
Weissman, Suzi
Article
2006
Suzi Weissman interviews David Ost. The occupation of the Gdansk shipyard by Polish workers in 1980, demanding recognition of their independent trade union Solidarnosc, rocked the Eastern bloc and ins...
The Village Against The World
Hancox, Dan
Book
2013
Hancox recounts the fascinating story of Marinaleda villagers who expropriated the land owned by wealthy aristocrats and have, since the 1980s, made it the foundation of a cooperative way of life.
Voluntary Simplicity And The Steady-State Economy
Burch, Mark
Article
2014
Voluntary simplicity is most basically characterized by the practices of mindfulness and material sufficiency. Through bringing mindfulness to our daily lives, we seek the maximum of well-being achiev...
What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
Magdoff, Fred; Foster, John Bellamy
Book
2011
A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solel...
Why Cooperative Businesses Are Not the Answer
Spritzler, John
Article
2013
The problem with the worker-owned cooperative business economic model is that this model retains one of the most important defining characteristics of the capitalist model with which we are so familia...
Why Do Communities Fail?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
The strains that take their toll on community groups.
Why Sharing is a Common Cause that Unites Us All: The Common Cause
Parsons, Adam
Article
2014
The demand for sharing wealth, power and resources is at the heart of visions for a better world. In fact, the principle of sharing is often central to efforts for progressive change in almost every f...
Why The Language of the Commons Matters
Bollier, David
Article
2012
Our very language for identifying problems and imagining solutions has been compromised. We may have many unattractive human traits fueled by individual fears and ego, but we are also creatures entire...
Within and Against the Market
Article
Radical initiatives which take subversive action from within the system.
Worker Co-operatives: An Introduction
Schnack, Kris; Jackson, Ted
Article
1985
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Worker Co-operatives: Working Papers Vol. 2 No. 6
Jordan, John E.; Quarter, Jack
Book
1984
An introduction to the principles and practical considerations of forming worker co-operatives.
Worker Cooperatives in America
Jackall, Robert; Levin, Henry M. (ed.)
Book
1984
A historical background of worker cooperatives as well as a contemporary discussion of small and large co-ops.
Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity: Tackling climate change in a neoliberal world
Hampton, Paul
Book
2015
Paul Hampton, a Marxist trade union researcher in Britain, addresses the role of workers in the climate justice movement, as well as the tasks of revolutionaries.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Alliance for Green Socialism
The AGS promotes genuine democracy, socialism and the environment. We campaign locally, nationally and internationally, including standing in elections, and stand for people and peace instead of explo...
Attac
ATTAC is an international organization involved in the alter-globalization movement. We oppose neo-liberal globalization and develop social, ecological, and democratic alternatives so as to guarantee ...
Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Briarpatch
Briarpatch is Saskatchewan's independent alternative newsmagazine committed to building a socialist society. We provide an open forum for disadvantaged peoples and support progressive movements workin...
Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
The Centre for Community Enterprise is a pre-eminent source of expertise and resources in starting and strengthening CED organizations, revitalizing communities, developing community-minded businesses...
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
To facilitate research on social and economic issues facing Canada and to promote alternatives for business and government.
Canadian Dimension
Canadian Dimension is published by, for and about activists in the struggle for a better world, covering women's issues, aboriginal issues, the environment, labour, etc. in ways not found in the mains...
Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology
CNS is a journal of ecosocialism. We welcome submissions on red-green politics and the anti-globalization movement; environmental history; workplace labor struggles; land/community struggles; politica...
Centre for Social Justice
The CSJ conducts research, educates and advocates to narrow the gap in income, wealth and power and enhance peace and human security. It does this by bringing together academics, labour unions, faith...
Canadian Co-operative Association
To promote the growth and development of the co-operative movement in Canada.
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to ...
Common Ground Magazine
Independent magazine about health, the environment, personal growth and creativity.
Community-Wealth.org
Community-Wealth.org brings together information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Across the United States, democratic, community wealth-building institutions have begun t...
Conference of Socialist Economists
An international, democratic membership organisation committed to developing a materialist critique of capitalism, unconstrained by conventional academic divisions between subjects. CSE has organised...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Council of Canadians
We believe that we Canadians should control our natural resources, our energy, our water, and our culture. We believe the important political and economic decisions that decide our future should be ma...
Global Vision
The Global Vision Project aims to harness individual common sense and public imagination to position the concept of sustainability as a global goal.
Grameen Bank
Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB pr...
Insurgent Notes
A journal of communist theory and practice. Quoting Marx and Engels, the editors of Insurgent Notes reiterate that "Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to ...
International Organizaton for a Participatory Society
The interim International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS) was launched in 2012 with the aim of propelling activism for winning a new world. IOPS is structured as a bottom-up, internati...
Labor Network for Sustainability
Labor Network for Sustainability is dedicated to engaging trade unions, workers and their allies to support economic, social, and environmental sustainability. From our perspective, efforts to engage...
Labour Capital & Society
An interdisciplinary, bilingual, refereed journal on labour issues concerning the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Monbiot.com
George Monbiot's Web site.
New Society Publishers
New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact upon the e...
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Ontario Coalition for Social Justice
A provincial network of organizations and local community based coalitions dedicated to development of a people-oriented society. Justice and jobs, we can have both.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Ottawa
A student-based organization dedicated to research, education, and action for social change.
Our Times Publishing
Independent Canadian labour magazine.
Progressive Economics Forum
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the la...
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung -- Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Die Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung wurde 1992 von der Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (PDS) - heute Die Linkspartei.PDS - als parteinahe, bundesweit taetige Stiftung anerkannt. Sie kooperiert im Rahmen...
Social Investment Organization
Working to re-direct capital to socially beneficial economic activity.
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
This Magazine
This Magazine tells you what's happening and why. News across Canada, award-winning investigations, columnists, fiction, poetry, comics, more!
United for a Fair Economy
United for a Fair Economy, is a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organization. UFE raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen t...

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Common Ground Magazine
Independent magazine about health, the environment, personal growth and creativity.
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
International Forum on Globalization
An alliance of activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity and public education in response to economic globalization.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
The Preservation Institute
Today, most people recognize that modernization and growth can harm the natural environment. The Preservation Institute believes that modernization also damages the social environment - that many of our social problems are side-ef...

Sources Library

Behind the Numbers
A blog from the CCPA
Commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, and employment.
Cancel The Apocalypse
The New Path To Prosperity
Simms, Andrew
2013
Describes how the relentless race for economic growth is not always one worth winning, how excessive materialism has come at a terrible cost to our environment, and hasn't even made us any happier in ...

From the Connexions Archives

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Website
Many articles, fact sheets and background papers and analyses, on Canadian and international issues, from the CCPA, which promotes research from a progressive point of view.
Ideas and Action
Periodical profile published 1981
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
Archive of some articles published in Ideas and Action, a radical paper published by the Workers Solidarity Alliance from 1981 to 1997.
Institute For New Economics
Organization profile published 1986
Organization
1986
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The People's Classifieds
The Alternative Directory for Metro Toronto
Bond, Myrtle, Draper, Sylvia
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
A directory of progressive/alternative businesses, professionals, services, groups, and individuals in Toronto. ...

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