After Piketty: Where do we go now?

THE FRENCH ECONOMIST Thomas Piketty’s new 700-page book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, has become a surprise best-seller and sub­ject of much praiseworthy comment.  Reviewers have called it… Read more…

An All-Volunteer Army?

The New Republic, May 9, 1970 Barry Goldwater is for it, so is George McGovern.  William F. Buckley, Jr. supports it, so does John Kenneth… Read more…

An Outcry: Thoughts on Being Tear Gassed

Newsweek, June 2, 1969 LAST TUESDAY, I was gassed twice in Berkeley.  It hurt.  The police and National Guard no longer bother with simple tear gas…. Read more…

Avoiding System Failure: Robert Costanza reviews Capitalism 3.0

Nature, April 5, 2007 AN ASTRONOMICAL number of words has been written on the complex set of problems facing humanity, such as climate change, peak oil,… Read more…

Bad Day at Black Mesa

The New Republic, July 17, 1971 IT HAS BEEN A CONVENIENCE for white immigrants to lump all native Americans together as Indians, though most of… Read more…

Beyond Antitrust

The New Republic, July 6,1974 A PORTRAIT OF Sen. John Sherman (1823-1900) adorned a recent cover of Business Week, and inside, the magazine warned that… Read more…

In Bill’s Big Idea: Save the Climate, Share the Wealth

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post, April 8, 2009 For several years, Peter Barnes has been peddling a Big Idea about how to design climate change legislation… Read more…

Bringing Back the WPA

The New Republic, March 15, 1975 PEOPLE HAVE two main complaints about jobs these days: there aren’t enough of them, and most of those that… Read more…

Buying Back the Land: A Proposal for California

Working Papers For A New Society, Summer 1973 The land problem in California, as elsewhere in America, is both environmental and economic. Open space in… Read more…

Cap and Dividend Testimony Before House Ways and Means Committee

Washington D.C., September 18, 2008 I COME BEFORE this committee to discuss cap and dividend, a climate policy that is simple, fair, effective and market-based…. Read more…

Cap and Dividend, Not Trade

Scientific American, December 1, 2008 IF YOU TRIED to dump harmful waste on the property next door, your neighbor would either stop you or require… Read more…

Carpetbagger Draft Boards

The Nation, September 8, 1969 CAN A MAN be classified and inducted by a draft board whose members do not live in the area of… Read more…

Chellis Glendinning memoir

Excerpt from Meetings With Remarkable Bohemians, Rebels and Deep Heads, forthcoming, 2014 A PHOTOGRAPHER snapped a picture of a line-up of anti-war activists sitting cross-legged under Sather… Read more…

Common Wealth Trusts: Structures of Transition

Great Transition Initiative, August 2015 MARY CHRISTINA WOOD, a professor of environmental law at the University of Oregon, has helped to launch a barrage of lawsuits… Read more…

Confessions of a Socialist Entrepreneur

The Washington Monthly, October 1983 SEVEN YEARS AGO, at the age of 34, I decided to become a socialist entrepreneur. It seemed like a logical… Read more…

Do Good Ethics Ensure Good Profits?

Business and Society Review, Summer 1989 TO BE ETHICAL as a business because it may increase your profits is to do so for entirely the… Read more…

Don’t bet the planet on carbon taxes

THE HILL, April 9, 2015 LAST MONTH, the Obama administration pledged that, by 2025, the U.S. will cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent… Read more…

Dwight Murphey review of “Dividends For All”

Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Fall 2014 [Murphey is a a retired professor of business law at Wichita State University and a former student… Read more…

Unearned Income

Not long ago a West Coast bank president men­tioned to me that a piece of land he had purchased near San Francisco, situated alongside a new state highway, had risen in value by about $100,000 in a few years.

Elites and Alternatives

The New Republic, March 31, 1973 SOME TIME AGO Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana invited nine of the largest industrial corporations to make known the… Read more…

Fair Shares

The New Republic, October 21, 1972 Legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property. —Thomas Jefferson  SOMETIMES, LATE AT NIGHT, I think of the… Read more…

Why Georgists Should Be Paineists

Speech to the Council of Georgist Organizations Los Angeles, July 11, 2014 I WANT TO make the case that the remedy proposed by followers of… Read more…

Global Warming’s Big Cash Dividend

Common Dreams.org, March 23, 2007     FOR YEARS we’ve heard the bad news about global warming: ice caps are melting, hurricanes are intensifying, polar… Read more…

Hazel Henderson review of “Dividends for All”

Seeking Alpha, September 4, 2014 THIS BOOK secures author Peter Barnes his place as a major public intellectual, rethinking the design of U.S. capitalism. Building… Read more…

Health Care In Seattle

First in a series on cooperatives that work The New Republic, December 18, 1971 Seattle NOT EVERY CRANNY of the American economy is occu­pied by… Read more…

How Oil Companies Play Monopoly

The New Republic, November 6, 1971 SINCE the end of the 19th century it has been charac­teristic of the oil industry to restrain competition through… Read more…

How Wealth Is Distributed

The New Republic, September 30, 1972 The association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. — Henry George (1880) WHAT IS WEALTH,… Read more…

Illegitimate Power: From Chapter 1 of Pawns

IN THE BEGINNING, America’s armed forces had their roots in the needs and democratic spirit of its people.  None of the colonies could afford to… Read more…

Interview with Steven Rosenfeld about “Dividends For All”

AlterNet, August 8, 2014 Steven Rosenfeld: Your book,With Liberty And Dividends For All, starts with a very sober assessment of the American middle class.  It’s… Read more…

Introduction to “Capitalism 3.0”

I’M A BUSINESSMAN.  I believe society should reward successful initiative with profit.  At the same time, I know that profit-seeking activities have unhealthy side effects…. Read more…

Invasion of the MBA Liberals

Business Week, October 19,1992 PETER BARNES’ slogan might be, “Reach out and lobby someone.”  On Sept. 30, the president of Working Assets Long Distance, a… Read more…

Kicking the Auto Habit

The New Republic, December 15, 1973 Once she was on the freeway and had maneuvered her way to a fast lane she turned on the… Read more…

Lamenting the Rent

The New Republic, April 13, 1974 LIKE SOME 25 MILLION other heads of households in the United States, I must pay monthly tribute to an… Read more…

Letter

Letter to mother, circa 1950 Valerie (my younger sister) is a nuisince (sic).  Always, when I do my work, such as making my bed, I like to… Read more…

Letter

Dear Folks, Got back to San Francisco about a week ago and set busily out in search of a country home in which to write… Read more…

McCarthy: Making the System Work

The New Leader, December 18, 1967 BOBBY KENNEDY wants to be President so badly you can practically see him saliva­ting,” one ubiquitous observer here noted… Read more…

Mining The Prairies

The New Republic, March 24, 1973 Billings, Montana UNDER the rolling plains of eastern Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas is one of the world’s last… Read more…

Oregon for Oregonians

The New Republic, March 20, 1971 Portland THERE REMAIN standing in California a few dozen mis­sions, forts and houses that were built barely more than… Read more…

Paychecks From Earth And Sky

What we can learn from Alaska about sharing our common wealth Yes! Magazine, Winter 2015 THERE’S LONG been a notion that, because money is a prerequisite… Read more…

Peter Montague review of Capitalism 3.0

Rachel’s Democracy & Health News, December 21, 2006 BOOKS FULL of new ideas are rare, but here’s one worth chewing on: Peter Barnes’ Capitalism 3.0…. Read more…

Put Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

By Jeanne Alexander The Noe Valley Voice, June 1994 PHONE BILLS and credit card charges—they come due every month without fail.  But if you’re a… Read more…

Reach Out And Prod Someone

Newsweek, October 14, 1991 SUSANNA Jones-Leddy is no shrinking violet when it comes to social issues.  She boycotts nuclear-weapons suppliers, donates money to a world huger… Read more…

Reconsidering Henry George

The New Republic, December 11, 1971 WHEN Henry George’s Progress and Poverty was first published by Appleton in 1880, it became a worldwide best-seller almost… Read more…

A Populist Manifesto

Review of A Populist Manifesto by Jack Newfield and Jeff Greenfield The New Republic, April 29, 1972 THE SCENTS of “tame the trusts” and “soak… Read more…

Review of “The Ecology of Commerce” by Paul Hawken

The Nation, February 7, 1994 IF YOU THINK creating enough well-paying jobs to retain America’s current living standard is challeng­ing, it’s child’s play compared to what Paul… Read more…

Review of “The New Populism” by Fred Harris

The New Republic, September 8, 1973 BOOKS BY POLITICIANS tend to be boring, staff-produced efforts designed to dis­play The Boss as a thoughtful public servant…. Read more…

Beyond Jobs: Our Right to Dividends

PBS NewsHour, August 27, 2014 LISTEN TO ANY POLITICIAN  and you’ll hear bold promises to create jobs.  Along with most economists, they assume that jobs can… Read more…

Robert Weissman review of Capitalism 3.0

Multinational Monitor, November 2006 THE IDEA of the commons — shared wealth and assets in the public domain, not necessarily under government control — has percolated in… Read more…

Save the middle class by cutting carbon pollution

Review of With Liberty and Dividends For All by David Roberts Grist, November 10, 2014 ALL COMPREHENSIVE climate policies are equally impossible in our current political… Read more…

Schumacher Lecture 2: Economics for the Anthropocene

Schumacher Center for New Economics, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, July 27, 2014 WE’RE GOING TO TALK about economics tonight, so let me tell you about my… Read more…

Schumacher Lecture 1: Capitalism and the Commons

October 2003, Stockbridge, Massachusetts Introduction by Susan Witt The name Peter Barnes has been a household word at the E. F. Schumacher Society since our… Read more…

The Second Renaissance

A seventh grade story (1954) AS THE story begins, a third world war is raging between the Free World and the Communists.  The introduction declares:… Read more…

Letter

Dear Regina and Leo, I am writing this letter because I want to establish a more honest rela­tion­ship with you… Who am I?  What is… Read more…

Sharing the wealth

By SASHA ABRAMSKY American Prospect, March 13, 2015 Why can’t we broadly distribute the wealth produced by America’s common resources?  Conservative Alaska manages to do… Read more…

Socialist Experiment In Canada

The New Republic, October 13, 1973 Victoria, B.C. A TRAVELER IN western Canada observes that the moun­tains, rivers, cities and farms are pretty much the… Read more…

Solar Energy Firm Converts Ideals Into Profits

By Tom Redburn, Los Angeles Times,  March 9, 1981 SAN FRANCISCO—To the handful of political activists who had just gone down in defeat with the… Read more…

The State of the Commons

A Report to Owners, 2003 ALL AMERICANS are joint owners of a trove of hidden assets.  These assets — natural gifts like air and water, and… Read more…

Tax Farmers

The New Republic, September 2, 1972 OPTHALMOLOGY and orthopedics weren’t the only sub­jects at the recent conven­tion of the American Medical Association in San Francisco…. Read more…

Beyond Piketty

www.dividendsforall.org September 9, 2014 THE FRENCH ECONOMIST Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, has become a surprise best-seller and sub­ject of much… Read more…

The Army and the Airwaves

The New Republic, December 20, 1969 And the people of America are challenged, too, challenged to press for responsible news presenta­tions…This is one case where… Read more…

The Army and the First Amendment

The New Republic, May 24, 1969 FOR THREE-AND-A-HALF million American citizens in uni­form, justice is what the brass say it is, damn the Constitution and… Read more…

The Berkeley Co-op: Democratic, Up to a Point

The New Republic, December 1, 1972 Berkeley, California THE BOARD of directors of Safeway has on it J.G. Bos­well II, one of Califor­nia’s biggest growers,… Read more…

The Case for a Tax on Wealth

Business and Society Review, Winter 1974 WEALTHY PERSONS in America enjoy secu­rity, privilege, power, and freedom from discomfort and demeaning chores.  Some of these benefits… Read more…

The Case for Land Redistribution

The New Republic, June 19, 1971 IT’S HARD FOR PEOPLE in cities to appreciate the need for land reform in the United States.  Most of… Read more…

The Great American Land Grab

The New Republic, June 5, 1971 WITH THREE OUT OF four Americans now jammed into cities, no one pays much attention to landholding patterns in… Read more…

The Pollution Dividend

The American Prospect, November 16, 2001   IT WAS ALMOST like winning a planetary lottery.  When oil began flowing from state-owned lands in the 1970s,… Read more…

The Presidio “Mutiny”

The New Republic, July 5, 1969 Fort Ord, California THERE WERE TEARS and shouts of joy outside the barren one-room courthouse on the afternoon of June… Read more…

The Rich Boys of Summer: Review of Domhoff and van der Zee

Review of The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats by G. William Domhoff and The Greatest Men’s Party on Earth by John van der Zee   The… Read more…

The Vanishing Small Farmer

The New Republic, June 12, 1971 YGHISH BULBULIAN’S FACE is weathered, his pace somewhat slowed.  But when he looks back at what he has left… Read more…

Tom Athanasiou review

This will probably sound wrong, but Peter Barnes’ new book, With Liberty and Dividends for All, is surprisingly good.  It presents as a kind of wonky… Read more…

Conversation with Jacob Needleman

KWMR, December 19, 2013 Needleman:  Well, Peter, I have been looking forward to this conver­sa­tion with you for a long time.  Since I came here… Read more…

Trinkets for the Navajos

The New Republic, July 3, 1971 THERE ARE MORE than 600,000 Indians in the United States, about half of whom, including 120,000 Nava­jos, live in… Read more…

TVA After 40 Years

The New Republic, November 10,1973 Knoxville WHEN THE TENNESSEE Valley Authority was created by Congress in 1933, it was conceived of not only as an… Read more…

Watched in the Wild

The New Republic, August 21, 1971 FOR THE PAST year and a half I’ve been living on an old dairy ranch about fifty miles north… Read more…

Welfare Is Integral to Our System

Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1995 SOME POLITICIANS say that ending welfare will improve the character of those who depend on it—make them think twice… Read more…

What ever happened to the National Cooperative Bank?

WHEN the National Cooperative Bank was created by Congress in 1978, it was the object of some modest hopes. Supporters of the Coop Bank—including Ralph… Read more…

What If Corporations Couldn’t Use Our Commons For Free?

How our shared resources could become a source of common wealth YES! Magazine, February 21, 2012 A CUSHION of reliable income is a wonderful thing.  It can… Read more…

Wise Economics: Review of “Small Is Beautiful” by E. F. Schumacher

The New Republic, June 15, 1974 I HAD NEVER HEARD of E. F. Schumacher before reading this book.  After reading it I am ready to… Read more…

Withholding War Taxes

THE OTHER day I received a telephone call from a harried civil servant named Wayne Thrush. Mr. Thrush works in the department of the Internal Revenue Ser­vice that tracks down delinquent taxpayers, of whom I am one. He was polite, even genial, considering his unpleasant mission, and after all those computer-printed warn­ings I was almost happy to be talking with him. At least he was alive.

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