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This website concerns the economics of exploitation and oppression. The website has two major parts.   The first, the Understanding harm page, gives an analytical overview of harm and social systems that contain harm. The second, this homepage and related pages, feature current news stories and analysis where harm is important.  Orthodox economics principally looks at income obtained from production.  This website looks at income or other benefit gained by harm. This is much more important than suggested by orthodox economics. There is not just a productive system; there is a productive + harmful system. The view taken in this website is that through control of a society and its key elements (economy, government, values) some people/groups in the society obtain income from others. This income is not based on production, but some form of taking away from others. This taking away is typically resisted. Thus there are two basic aspects in a social system where harm is important: obtaining income and maintaining control. This is expressed in the principal categories used in the website, which can be seen in the right column of this and every page.

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Critiques of orthodox economics 2022

Manifold exploitations: toward an intersectional political economy Nancy Folbre Review of Social Economy August 2020 (access to full article)
The distinction between oppression and exploitation is overstated in traditional Marxian theory. Defined in terms of economic advantages gained from unfair bargaining power, exploitation can take manifold forms, characterized by intersections, overlaps, and interactions within complex hierarchical systems in which actors often find themselves in somewhat contradictory positions.

Harm through the market 2021

This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500? Juliet Eilperin Photos and video by Salwan Georges Washington Post December 31, 2021

The worker revolt comes to a Dollar General in Connecticut Greg Jaffe Washington Post December 11, 2021
A call to a union triggers one of the most lopsided battles of the ongoing low-wage-worker revolt.

Starbucks baristas are on the verge of forming a union. The company is pushing back. Joanna Slater Washington Post November 23, 2021

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