Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Sun as the Source of Power

Posted Jun 18, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

We know now that all energy ultimately comes from the sun.  Some traditional people knew this.  They worshiped a Sun-God.  That is not possible for us.  The gods today have become parts of various advertising campaigns.  Still, the source of light and life is nothing but the sun and its legacy on our planet.  Ultimately, power resides not in money or position, but in the utilization of the sun and its currents, like wind and waves.  If these are democratized, we can become a democratic community, if they are not, we cannot.

The Big Secret and the Bigger Mistake

Posted Sep 29, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

What’s the secret?  The very existence of corporations depends on the government giving and protecting property rights.  The bigger mistake?  We have acted as though corporations belonged solely to their owners rather than to the civic systems of provision that gives them sources and resources to make provisions for all of us.  It’s time to tell and secret and to correct the mistake.

The Civil War continues . . . in Washington DC

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

Although there are different interpretations of the conflict that finally caused the American Civil War, I think a compelling case can be made that it was about property and property rights.  The confederacy succeeded to protect their right to own slaves.  Although the slave states lost the war, many people continued to believe that the purpose of government is to protect the ownership of property, and not to take it away.  The fight over the control of property continues . . . in Washington, DC.

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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