Why Building a More Democratic Economy Matters for Nonprofits

Editor’s Note: Next week, NPQ will run a series of four articles, taken from the Summer 2018 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly magazine, on how to build a more democratic economy. This is the start of a year-long focus on this issue, which will include a series of seven monthly webinars starting in the fall, buttressed with supporting materials. This series will work to boost understanding and foster conversation of how nonprofits and movements can most effectively respond to our nation’s rising inequality.


“We are suffering not from the rheumatics of old age, but…from the painfulness of readjustment between one economic period and another.”

John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, 1930

As the quote from John Maynard Keynes reminds us, this is not the first time the economy has faced upheaval. Keynes wrote at the beginning of the Great Depression, following the rise of record-setting economic inequality—records that in the US would hold for more than 80 years, until our time.

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