Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

There’s work, but no jobs. What’s wrong here?

Posted May 30, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

As we look at high unemployment figures in Northern Africa, or in Spain or in the United States, it should make us wonder what is going on when there is so much work to be done.

The Politics of Voice vs. The Politics of Noise

Posted May 24, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Can you tell the difference between the sound of a voice and the sound of noise?

Money as a Common Currency

Posted May 23, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

When the European countries agreed to move from national currencies to a “common currency,” one can assume that they thought of money primarily as a means of exchange, as a currency.  If we want to talk (trade) with each other, why not use the same language (money)?  Not a bad idea.  Today it appears that they have failed to protect the “common” nature of money.

Economic Justice

Posted May 16, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought.”

John Rawls begins his seminal work, A Theory of Justice, with this thought-provoking sentence.  It’s a great sentence for thinking about the economy, since the economy is a social institution and economics is a system of thought.  In fact, it may be that the first barriers to economic justice are the falsehoods of much of current economic thought.

Universities and Sports

Posted May 5, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

What do we want from our educational institutions?

  1. Democratic citizens
  2. Creative scientists
  3. Innovative entrepreneurs
  4. Entertainment

The answer appears to be 4.

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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