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[Just a prefatory note:  I do not necessarily agree with everything presented in all of these sites.  I have included them because I think they have useful material to stimulate thinking about economic justice issues.]

  • Political philosopher David Schweickart (Loyola University Chicago) has written After Capitalism (New Critical Theory). This is an excellent resource for visualizing in concrete terms how the economy could be structured in a more humane way (an economic system Schweickart calls Economic Democracy) and how we might get from here to there. Margaret Thatcher's mantra was TINA -- There Is No Alternative (to capitalism). This book gives a clear vision of one alternative. There are several videos with talks by David Schweickart on YouTube (do a search). Here is a good one for starters:

  • "The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy."

  • United for a Fair Economy is an independent, nonpartisan organization whose goal is
    to revitalize America through a more fair distribution of wealth.

  • Extra, a publication and web site operated by FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting).  I find their e-mail listserve particularly informative, well researched, and clear-thinking.

  • Michael Moore.  By now everyone has heard of Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 911, Sicko, etc.). His most recent film, and I think his most profound, is "Where to Invade Next," incredible interviews with real people who have experienced a different kind of social and economic system, threaded together with a stupid gag line, but one that is easily ignored. It is now out on DVD. Also, if you haven't seen his debut piece, Roger and Me, it's about time you did. It probes the conscious economic destruction of the film-maker's home town: Flint Michigan.



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