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A Cooperative Movement for Everyone

Cooperatives by their definition and purpose seek the best benefit for their members, staff and owners. It’s all the better when these intentions are extended to the well-being of the wider community and the planet. These shared ideals are woven into the fabric of the Shi Jian Yun Shu (Sustainable Food) Consumers’ Cooperative in Hualien on the Eastern coast of Taiwan  http://coop.tcu.edu.tw/# Chiu Yie-Ru, an…

Making the Unthinkable the New Norm

Swearing, lies and vicious attacks on his opponents. Trump has set a precedent for flying in the face of political correctness and diplomacy, spurning a new trend in abrasive political rhetoric. Tim Shanks explores how ethical leaders can express themselves in the changing world of civic discourse.

Toward Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice Part 2 of 3

PART II HISTORY Punishment has taken many forms throughout human history. Binding to a stake, ritual cursing, stoning, barred social interaction—that’s what pre-Common Era justice looked like in some parts of the world. Old Testament justice, epitomized by the idea of ‘an eye for an eye’, was designed to maintain tribal unity, a step in the development of social systems—the establishment of a body of…

Toward a Proutist Policy on Criminal Justice Part 1 of 3

As Patrick, a former inmate states, “It started with the shaving of my facial hair and continued with the jumpsuit I was issued. I looked just like every other inmate. Even after I reached general population, the theme continued. All shoes were white. All pants are blue jeans. All shirts are blue and short-sleeved. My coffee mug is just like your coffee mug. Add a…

How can we specifically use the planting of trees to ensure our survival?

It is known that trees act as stores of carbon dioxide and synthesize oxygen. Their function as a habitat for small organisms and animals is also quickly apparent. Less well known, however, seems to be their enormous importance for the water supply, i.e. for the groundwater, for rivers and lakes and also for the cultivation of agricultural products. Trees increase and regulate the soil’s storage…

The Bank that Broke Britain by Ian Fraser

Unlike many books that have been written about the 2007 financial crisis from an American perspective, this one takes the British angle through its story of the rise, collapse and bailout of the Royal Bank of Scotland. In his review, Tyler Shanks reveals why there is much more to the book than simply this narrative.
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