Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Leonard Cohen’s video on Democracy

Posted Dec 30, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

A great message for the new

PBS video “Fixing the Future”

Posted Dec 26, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

A good way to move into the new year: viewing the video by PBS on “Fixing the Future.”  It provides a series of new programs and activities that serve as great illustrations of a civic economy: an economy that is based on the making of  provisions instead of the accumulation of property.

A response to Mark Lilla’s “The President and the Passions” in the December 19 The New York Times Magazine

Posted Dec 19, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Mark Lilla complains that President Obama is too rational for our country.  We are moved by appeals to the passions, Lilla argues, not by good reasons.    As a professor of humanities,  Lilla could have mentioned what many consider the classic of public discourse, Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Aristotle believed that public speakers should strike a balance between reason, character, and emotion.

Adam Smith’s view of slaves as property

Posted Dec 17, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

To see my response to Thomas Wells and Bruce Elmslie’s reviews of the essay “Free Enterprise and the Economics of Slavery” in Real World Economic Review, see the current issue:

Book Review of Civilizing the Economy

Posted Dec 15, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Ernesto Aguilar’s book review of Civilizing the Economy is now available at Political Media Review:

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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