Tag Archives: Capitalism

2017: Be a Resilient Cooperator

Do human beings act purely out of self-interest? The Prisoners’ Dilemma is a classic puzzle designed to test and explore this question: Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no … Continue reading

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1913: Christmas Massacre

In July, 1913 there were about 15,000 miners working for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company in several mines in Michigan’s northern peninsula—about 9,000 of them were members of the Western Federation of Miners. When the union demanded recognition, management … Continue reading

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2014: Societal Collapse

“How real is the possibility of a societal collapse?” We conducted a series of experiments with the HANDY model, considering first an egalitarian society without Elites (xE = 0), next an equitable society (κ = 1) where Non-Workers and Workers … Continue reading

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1972: Boycott Gulf

An anti-colonialist poster from the early 1970’s produced by the Pan-African Liberation Committee in Brookline, Massachusetts: “There are but two sides in a war—she fights on the side of African freedom – Gulf finances the other.” At the time, Angola … Continue reading

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2011: Visualization

“The 1,318 transnational corporations that form the core of the economy. Superconnected companies are red, very connected companies are yellow. The size of the dot represents revenue.” (source)

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1874: Capital and Labor

Henry Stacy Marks: Capital and Labor (1874) In 1871, the Trade Union Act decriminalized trade unions in Great Britain: The purposes of any trade union shall not, by reason merely that they are in restraint of trade, be deemed to … Continue reading

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1920: A Brief Guide to Neoliberalism

A beggar runs alongside the coach of King George V, 1920.

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