Codetermination: a way to rebalance the economy?

Codetermination is one of the most interesting ideas you've never heard of.

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  • Codetermination is the name for corporate governance systems that place workers on the executive board.
  • It is very popular in Europe, but has long lost its popularity in the United States.
  • It offers a variety of benefits but would change a many aspects of the American economy.
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What is the Halliburton loophole?

A loophole signed into law during the Bush administration has been fiendishly tough to close.

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  • In 2005, then-Vice President Dick Cheney was head of the Energy Task Force.This task force provided recommendations that informed the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
  • One such recommendation that was later signed into law was to provide an exemption for hydraulic fracturing fluid (or fracking fluid) from being regulated by the EPA.
  • Cheney previously served as CEO of Halliburton, which just so happens to be the world's largest provider of fracking services.
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The looming superbug crisis: Politics, profit, and Big Pharma

Here's how we stop a health crisis before it wreaks havoc on us.

  • Alexander Fleming discovered a fungus that produced a chemical that could stop nearly every bacteria in its path.
  • The 1950s are known as the Golden Era of Antibiotic Development. However, today, there is a looming superbug crisis because bacteria has mutated whilst we've focused on treating other diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Many companies in the pharmaceutical industry don't want to take on the expensive risk of finding another antibiotic drug. However, a potential superbug crisis may compel us to use tax-break and patent policies to incentivize them to do so.
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Bernie Sanders: The U.S. already has a kind of socialism – for the rich

Bernie speaks again about what democratic socialism means, and raises a debate about what freedom is.

  • Bernie Sanders again spoke about what democratic socialism means to him.
  • At one point, he explained how his notion of freedom is possible only in a society that protects economic rights.
  • His speech reveals that his thinking goes beyond a mere dedication to economic opportunity.
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The right-wing case for basic income

How does the largest welfare program imaginable have libertarian supporters?

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  • The idea for a universal basic income, or UBI, is increasingly popular.
  • While it seems like a left-wing handout, many prominent right wing thinkers have endorsed the idea.
  • The libertarian version of UBI does have a few key differences from the more standard version.
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