Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Can labor unions help civilize the economy?

Posted Apr 9, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Responses to the corporate funded attacks on labor unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere have created new possibilities for turning our nation toward justice and sustainability.  Will we be able to realize these possibilities?  In other words, can our labor unions help civilize the economy?  I think it depends on how they frame collective bargaining.

Public Banking

Posted Feb 9, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

A new institute, The Public Banking Institute, has given us not only another piece of the puzzle of a sustainable economy,  but also a way to consider the role of banking and of money in a civic economics of provision.

A Business Ethics Divide

Posted Jan 15, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

One can slice business ethics into various types, but one of the most significant differences in the field is the starting point.  Some want to start in the midst of current business conversations, and then try to move students or mangers toward a more “ethical” view of their work.  Others want to start with a vision of where business students and managers should be and then try to move them in that direction.

Response to Adam Gopnik’s essay “What Adam Smith really believed” in the Oct 18th New Yorker magazine

Posted Oct 23, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 34 Comments

In his article on Adam Smith, Adam Gopnik leaves out a couple of important facts about the life of Adam Smith that provide clues to a very different story than the one Gopnik tells.   First of all, there is Adam Smith’s request that all his papers be burned after his death.  Everything.  And this was done.  Why such a request?   Was Smith hiding something?  It turns out he was:  something that has remained hidden from many admirers of Smith, including Gopnik.

Review of Civilizing the Economy

Posted Oct 1, 2010 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 3 Comments

Check out the review of Civilizing the Economy by Ernesto Aguilar:

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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