Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Reflections on Property Relations

Posted Nov 18, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

In Smithian economics, human freedom means the capacity to sell one’s labor.  In fact, the difference between slave labor and free labor was precisely that slaves did not own their labor, but were owned as labor. As Adam Smith famously said, echoing John Locke:

The property which every man has in his own labour, as it is the foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable.

To Protect and To Serve

Posted Nov 15, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Sometimes, winning is mostly not losing, and that seems to be the case in this election.  We were, for the most part, successful in protecting each other from the monster embedded today in the Republican Party.  No small victory.

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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