Growing Our Common Wealth™

Democratic Socialism in America Board Game

The history of Democratic Socialism in America is explained in this new board game by Commonomics USA. Citizen players use their economic rights and votes to determine how best to organize their pieces into a market economy, public services, or the American Commons. Historical quotes shape the game, and collaboration may be the only way for citizens to win.

What is Commonomics?

Commonomics rests on three common-sense principles:

1.    Our collective well-being and quality of life depend on the commons — things we collectively own and share, like roads, parks, water, schools and public services. These are resources accessible to all members of a society, those parts of public life not reducible to private ownership for profit. 

2.    Diminished prosperity occurs when the commons are privatized. Because the commons is the source of our common wealth, privatization is wealth transfer upwards, furthering economic inequality.

3.    Preserving and expanding the commons makes us more secure — both materially and spiritually — and allows us to prosper as individuals, communities, and as a nation in the global community.

For decades, private interests, including the media, have been pushing a privatization agenda that ignores the social and individual good enabled by a healthy commons. They increase their wealth and power by looting the commons — financially strangling and privatizing it (converting public to private ownership for profit). These actions hurt everyone except the very rich.

What is Commonomics USA?

Commonomics USA advocates economic solutions that grow our common wealth. We spotlight ways private interests are defunding and privatizing the commons and show how their actions devastate families and diminish communities. With other organizations, we fight privatization and demand that the commons be funded and even expanded to more fully benefit everyone.

We also address broader economic and policy issues, such as:

•    What should be included in the commons?
•    How should the commons be financially supported?
•    Are there limits to democratic economies?
•    How do income and wealth inequality fit in the picture?
•    Should the creation of money be treated as a public utility?

How to participate

The answers to these questions will dramatically impact you, your family, your community, and our nation, in years to come.

​We invite you to learn more, join the conversation, and take action to protect the commons.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Read the Commonomics USA Spring 2015 newsletter on the Bank of North Dakota's 40 years of earnings here.

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