New Economy Working Group

Latest Work

Who Killed Berta Cáceres and What Should the U.S. Do?

A culture of impunity, misguided U.S. policy that has pursued expediency above principle, and an unwillingness of Honduras’ political elites to reform their institutions of justice and governance are all to blame.

An Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Murder of Honduran Indigenous and Environmental Activist Berta Cáceres

Over 200 Organizations Call on Secretary Kerry to Support Independent Investigation into Murder of Honduran Environmental and Indigenous Rights Activist Berta Caceres.

What Piketty Forgot

The crisis of capitalism isn’t just about the gap between rich and poor. It’s about the gap between what’s demanded by our planet and what’s demanded by our economy.

Spending is Not Growth: The Case Against GDP

It is easy to fall under the misconception that GDP is a reliable indicator of economic growth or of a country’s well-being.

Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants

More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.

It’s the New Economy, Stupid

While Obama’s policies have the short-term potential to improve the lives of many Americans beleaguered by the economic slump, the approach he champions is insufficient to tackle the long-term problems we face.

Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality

We evaluate how well members of congress do in supporting legislation and measures to narrow America’s widening economic divide.

Romney Versus Realonomy: A Peek Inside the Bubble

In the real economy – the place where the 99% live and work – it’s hard to take Mitt Romney’s plan seriously; but let’s try to make sense of it anyway, unhindered by logic, arithmetic or the laws of time, space and gravity.

7 Ways to End the Deficit (without Throwing Grandma under the Bus)

Cutting the deficit doesn’t have to hurt. John Cavanagh describes seven places in the budget where we can make cuts that actually make our country greener, more secure, and more sustainable.

Mining for Gold: A Pact With the Devil?

The economic crisis – and the rising price of gold – have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.

Paul Ryan’s Childish Philosophy

To hear a grown man advocate objectivism as a philosophy was like seeing a 10-year old in a stroller.

Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican

White America is slowly returning to normal. It’s a shade poorer normal to be sure, but normal all the same. The Black Economy, on the other hand, is still in full-blown recession.

Greetings from the New Economy

In Bard’s campus, thinkers and doers prepare to transform our fossil fuel-powered, finance-bloated, inegalitarian economy into one that is resilient, just, and sustainable.

Exchange Rates and Debt Bondage

The volatility of exchange rates wouldn’t be nearly as damning were developing nations able to borrow in their own currency.

Supreme Court, Inc.

The precedents the Roberts Court is setting are making it easier for corporations to exercise the rights of American citizens without corresponding civic responsibilities.

Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora

For the victims of Colorado’s recent tragedy, it’s time we get our values straight and face the true costs of our trigger-happy culture.

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here’s why you should care.

Health Care Access Shouldn’t Require Good Luck

For me, the Affordable Care Act means that when I graduate from college, I won’t have to take a job that I hate to get the health care that I need.

50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

Walmart’s explosive growth has gutted two key pillars of the American middle class: small businesses and well-paid manufacturing jobs.

Is High-Tech the Next Step for the New Economy Movement?

Can new technologies become part of the new economy movement? High tech companies seem more participatory, less hierarchical, and more community-oriented than traditional industries.