Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Economics of Protection

Posted Mar 26, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

One rationale for the military action in Libya was to protect civilians.  Many probably see this as a reasonable humanitarian response, but few would see it as an economic response.   Why not?  What kind of economic framework ignores the human need for protection?  It turns out that this is true of much of mainstream economics, which is certainly one reason we continue to move toward a dismal future.

In Libya, What’s Right? by Rushworth M. Kidder

Posted Mar 21, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

See Rushworth Kidder’s ethical reflections of our involvement in Libya’s struggle for justice and human rights. Globalethics

The gods must be going crazy

Posted Mar 17, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Think about it.  First there was Tunisia and Egypt: courageous people protesting for human dignity and justice.  Without any religious flag waving, they were demanding the right to be free.  The gods must have been downright giddy.  And then came Libya, followed by Wisconsin, and then the Japanese earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear power plant crisis.  If that would not make the gods go crazy, I don’t know what would.

Money and the Commons

Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

It would make a world of difference if we stopped treating land and labor as commodities and began to recognize them as providers of wealth.  It might make an even greater difference if we discarded our childhood view of money as something to put in a piggy bank and took a more adult view of money as something we share in common.

Shareable Magazine Interview on Economics of Provision

Posted Mar 7, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Shareable Magazine interview

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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