2017
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Dollars & Sense has been working for over 40 years to offer critiques of--and alternatives to--the status quo of U.S. and world capitalism. Born in the midst of the last major crisis of world capitalism, D&S has in particular sought to explain both the origins of and the damage done by the neoliberal restructuring of the U.S. and world economies between that crisis and the current one. In 2014, members of the congregation of Bay Ridge United Methodist Church took out a half page ad in the New York Times posing a question--how can we explain the changes in economic well-being in the United States, especially the broad differences between the three decades after the Second World War and the decades since the 1970s? Dollars & Sense took up the challenge, in the form of the book Our Economic Well-Being. Representatives of both Dollars & Sense and Bay Ridge will participate, discussing the inspiration for the question posed and the answers offered. Can a left economics collective answer questions about the economy, in a way that goes beyond the left speaking to the left--that goes beyond "preaching to the choir"?