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Economic Justice Links

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax - a broad-based non-partisan coalition that advocates reform instead of repeal of the estate tax.

Center for Economic and Policy Research - CEPR was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people?s lives. We work to ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - CBPP is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation (CHPP) - CHPP’s goal is to ensure that heirs' receive and exercise the full rights associated with property ownership.

Children's Defense Fund - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Citizens for Tax Justice - A nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Economic Policy Institute - The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Global Exchange

Industrial Workers of the World - A union for all people.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization that works on government taxation and spending policy issues.

Left Business Observer - Left Business Observer is an 8-page more-or-less monthly newsletter on economics and politics in the U.S. and the world at large.

National Bureau Of Economic Research
- a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.

National Center on Poverty Law - A legal and policy research, communications, and advocacy organization that provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people.

National Coalition for the Homeless - Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following 4 areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

National Committee on Pay Equity - A national membership coalition of over 80 organizations working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

National Economic Development and Law Center - A multi-disciplinary legal and planning resource center whose mission is to contribute to the abilities of low-income persons and communities to realize their full potential.

National Low Income Housing Coalition LIHIS - NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.

National People's Action - NPA is the tool for neighborhood people to take on corporate America and fat cat Washington Politicians.

National Urban League - The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.

OMB Watch - OMB Watch was formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Palmetto Legal Services - Providing free legal services in civil matters to qualified low income residents of South Carolina Midlands.

Responsible Wealth - Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity.

United for a Fair Economy - United for a Fair Economy was founded as a "movement support" organization to provide media capacity, face-to-face economic literacy education, and training resources to organizations and individuals who work to address the widening income and asset gap in our country.


Economic Justice
News And Commentary

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

solar panelsWhat is SARE?
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.

To advance such knowledge nationwide, SARE administers a competitive grants program first funded by Congress in 1988. Grants are offered through four regions -- North Central, Northeast, South and West -- under the direction of councils that include farmers and ranchers along with representatives from universities, government, agribusiness and nonprofit organizations. The diversity in membership of the regional administrative councils reflects SARE's commitment to serve the whole spectrum of the agricultural community. SARE's broad representation remains largely unique in federal grant funding for agriculture.

SARE's national outreach office is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. It operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont (Award Nos. 2007-38640-03953 and 2007-47001-03782) to develop and disseminate information about sustainable agriculture. Guided by a Steering Committee, SARE Outreach maintains the website and publishes a variety of print and electronic resources for farmers, agricultural educators, and consumers. It also hosts SANET-MG, a sustainable agriculture listserv with over 700 subscribers from around the globe.

Visit their web page.

And check out their publications .  Most are available for free (PDF or html).

The 2010 "Are You Serious?" Awards

Mostly things that governments waste money on like:

”The Panjandrum Award to the U.S. military in Afghanistan. For those unfamiliar with the “Great Panjandrum,” it was an enormous rocket-propelled explosive wheel developed by Great Britain for breaching the Atlantic Wall that Nazi Germany had built on the French coast to defend against amphibious invasions. Tested on a Devon beach, it roared ashore, turned smartly to port, and thundered into a bevy of admirals and generals, scattering them hither and yon. Thus “Panjandrum” became a metaphor for really silly military ideas.

And there is not a whole lot sillier idea than the one to deploy M1-Abrams tanks in southern Afghanistan. The M1 is a 68-ton behemoth, powered by a jet engine (miles per gallon is not its strong point). Since Afghanistan has virtually no roads and a good deal of the terrain is vertical—at least the part where the insurgents are ensconced—how the M1 is going to get around is not obvious.”

Read Conn Hallinan' s article at Truthout. It also includes:
The Harry Potter Award
The Golden Lemon Award
The George Orwell Award

and more

Our Commons

Jay Walljasper:  Vision: Reviving the Commons -- A Recipe for Political Optimism


Kevin Karner:  An Economy that Works for Everyone

On The Commons:  The Great Lakes Are a Commons

Alexa Bradley & Julie Ristau:  Why The Commons Matters Right Now

Maude Barlow:  Our Commons Future is Already Here

Jay Walljasper:  A Small Change Could Boost Everyone's Access to Information

David Bollier:  Imagining a New Politics of the Commons


Alta Gracia Apparel

Sarah Seltzer:  Vision: How One Tiny Factory Is Challenging the Sweatshop Norm
Instead of boycotting companies that make goods in sweatshops, student labor activists are boosting Alta Gracia, a factory that pays a living wage--and lets workers unionize.

I don't want to encourage consumption, but if you're going to buy this type of item anyway:

Alta Gracia Apparel

Where to shop in South Carolina

 Charleston Southern University

College of Charleston

Gary Gardner:  Consumption: A Prerequisite for Prosperity?

 Shannon Hayes:  Homemade Prosperity

Shannon Hayes:  How To Transform Your Household
Nourishing the Planet TV: Getting to Market
From Worldwatch Institute Blog

"Shock Doctrine" for Social Security

David Dayen:  Cat Food Commission Releases 'Shock Doctrine' Draft Version

Terrance Heath:  Word To The Fiscal Commission: Hands Off Social Security

Isaiah J. Poole:  Response To Latest Social Security Attack: "Owe No You Don't!"

Paul Rosenberg:  Hands Off Social Security

Jane Slaughter:  Billionaire Launches Campaign to Slash Social Security

Dean Baker:  The Deficit Commission Tsunami

CEPR:  False Sense of Urgency Over Changes to Social Security

Dean Baker:  Dumb Comments on CBS Money Watch: The Ratio of Government Payments to the Elderly Compared to Payments to the Young

Dean Baker:  Washington Post Does Cover Up Duty for Republican Plans to Cut Social Security

Martin Vaughan:  Social Security Study Finds GOP Plans Would Bring Big Cuts

Dean Baker:  Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Cut Social Security Benefits?

CEPR Issue Brief:  Social Security and the Age of Retirement

Paul N. Van de Water:  Understanding the Social Security Trust Funds

Richard Barrington:  The 10 Worst States for Retirement
Number 4: South Carolina
Bubbles Make Rich Richer and Others Unemployed

E. J. Dionne Jr.:  The Shadow Class War of 2010

Jack A. Smith:  What Classless Society? The Growing Rich-poor Gap in "Classless" America

Paul Krugman:  Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? I Only Earn Six Figures

Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly:  The Undeserving Rich -- Did Warren Buffet Really Earn His $50 Billion?

Steve Max:  Riding Capitalism to the Bottom: Why Republicans Gain as the Economy Falters

David Kosnick:  Unemployment at 9.6 Percent: Largest Cuts in Local Government Jobs in 30 Years

CBPP:  Statement: Chad Stone, Chief Economist, on the September Employment Report

David Rosnick:  Unemployment Steady at 9.6 Percent

Business Insider:  22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Exixtence In America

Just Say No

Just Say No to GMOs

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Stephen Lendman:  America's War on Food Not Bombs

SHELTER from jason sussberg on Vimeo.

Does a Higher Minimum Wage Reduce Jobs?

The Real Budget Problem

John Feffer and Miriam Pemberton:  We Have to Trim the Bloated Pentagon Budget and Use the Cash for a 'Green Dividend' to Create Good Jobs

Matthew Nasuti:  Killing Each Taliban Soldier Costs $50 Million

David DeGraw:  The U.S. War Addiction: Funding Enemies to Maintain Trillion Dollar Racket

The CEPR Deficit Calculator
real-world economics review - Issue no. 54
sanity, humanity and science ---  formerly the post-autistic economics review  ---  ISSN 1755-9472
Issue no. 54,  27 September 2010                      back issues at
Subscribers:  11, 626  from over 150 countries                                   


You can download the whole issue as a pdf document by clicking here


In this issue:


Cognitive dissonance, the Global Financial Crisis and          2

                the discipline of economics           

Adam Kessler       download pdf

Manifesto of the appalled economists      
download pdf           19


Deleveraging is America ’s future          32

Steve Keen     download pdf  


Heterodox lessons from the crisis          41

Korkut Alp Ertürk      download pdf  


The epistemology of economic decision making          47

Lewis L. Smith     download pdf        


Ricardian “comparative advantage” is illusory           62

John Duffield     download pdf    


Could the money system be the basis of a sufficiency economy?          79

Mary Mellor      download pdf  


How to bring economics into the 3rd millennium by 2020          89

Edward Fullbrook     download pdf


                The operative word here is "somehow"           103

                Herman Daly     download pdf  


Go forth and observe: An answer to Radford’s question          104

Merijn Knibbe     download pdf


Past Contributors, etc.          108

Strengthen Social Security... Don't Cut It

Dave Johnson:  Politicians Sense Which Way The Wind Blows On Social Security

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Democracy Corps, Campaign for Amerca's Future:  Deficits And Economic Recovery
”68 percent said they would oppose making major spending cuts in Social Security and Medicare to reduce the deficit, while 28 percent said they would favor cutting those programs. That included 61 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents.”

Joe Hill

"A history lesson in a song... written by Phil Ochs, performed by Billy Bragg."

Labor Day and Social Security

Anna Turner:  Labor Day by the Numbers

Richard (RJ) Eskow:  Labor Day Irony: The People Who Want to Cut Social Security All Have Great Retirement Plans

Joshua Holland:  We're Being Conned on Social Security -- How We Could Easily Raise Benefits or Allow People to Retire Earlier  Social Security Works for South Carolina (PDF)

Dean Baker:  Seven Key Facts About Social Security and the Federal Budget

Alan Barber:  Proposals to Cut Social Security Benefits will Significantly Impact Retirement Income for Low-and Middle-Class Retirees

Paul N. Van de Water and Arloc Sherman:  Social Security Keeps 20 Million Americans Out of Poverty: A State-By-State Analysis

CBPP:  Policy Basics: Top Ten Facts about Social Security on the Program's 75th Anniversary

Bill Scher:  Top Economist Says Expand Social Security. Tell The Politicians: Don't Cut It.

CEPR:  The CEPR Deficit Calculator
The Austin Lounge Lizards - To Big To Fail

Tax The Rich To Build Infrastructure

The Trustees' Report

 Another year – another trustees' report.

Dean Baker:  Social Security Trustees: Worse Present, Much Brighter Future

Robert Greenstein:  Social Security Doesn’t Face an Immediate Crisis, But Policymakers Should Act to Shore Up System

Bill Scher:  Top Economist Says Expand Social Security. Tell The Politicians: Don't Cut It.

James K. Galbraith Champions The Beast Manifesto
”In fact, the right response to the crisis is to expand, not cut, both Social Security and Medicare.”

CEPR:  Proposals to Cut Social Security Benefits will Significantly Impact Retirement Income for Low-and Middle-Class Retirees

Jed Lewison:  GOP vs. Social Security
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