Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Universal Health Care

Posted Jun 28, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

One of the key themes of Civilizing the Economy, and my work since its publication, has been that of clarifying the relationship between the commercial and the civic, Today, the Supreme Court’s ruling on universal health care made an important contribution.

Philanthropy as the Privatization of Money

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

The subject of money has been a hot topic in the past decade.   One important controversy evolves around whether money is a commodity or a commons.  As a commodity, money is a property that people can buy and sell, give away, or stick under a mattress.  As a commons, money is available to all, owned by none, and protected by civic authorities.  Money can be used as a commodity and a commons, but it does make a difference which one we see as more fundamental.

Principles for Designing a New Economy

Posted Sep 3, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

It’s becoming more and more clear that the current economic design does not have a future; at least not a viable future.  If you have not yet come to this conclusion, you probably have not been paying attention.  The good news is that a multitude of groups are creatively developing alternative economies.  One way to further this work is to clarify the basic principles that we should use in these endeavors.  I propose the following for your reflections:

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

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