the mouse market

Weaver has a (gray area legal) side job on campus. He makes jewelry- the kind of gorgeous and intricate pieces that people love on Etsy.

There are the impossible little tree pendants made of twisted iron wires, the hair twists which can be worn for weeks at a time, and the little glass baubles filled with sea salt. They make for perfect earrings: tiny vials of potent salt in colorful glass containers which make for stunning earring decorations or necklace pendants, or even the occasional charm bracelet.

Off campus, they’re cutesy little pieces that can be purchased for a bit more than they’re probably worth.

On campus, they sell faster than he can make them. Especially around certain holidays and celebrations. For him, the idea of graduating and moving on is a distant thought. After all, so long as he stays on campus, the Weaver will always have business.


anonymous asked:

(Small business creative anon) Makes sense to me. To be fair, I don't see myself ever needing to higher anyone else, but I know others in similar situations might. Those answers seem reasonable to me. Any thoughts on what those like me should do in the mean time Until such a preferred system could be implemented? Off the top of my head forming some sort of collective of shared resources would seem good, though it would be best to be so at the start I suppose.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider the anti-capitalist line of thought! Within the current paradigm, worker cooperatives are probably the most ethical way to deal with the market economy, because they involve democratic control over the workplace and the profits. Richard Wolff is an economist who focuses on the setups of cooperatives in his lectures and books; a short video introduction to worker cooperatives can be found here and the Amazon link to his book Democracy at Work can be found here. Awesome youtube personality Bad Mouse Productions has a great video that talks about why cooperatives aren’t the norm and why they can be so difficult to establish (found here). If every business was set up like a worker cooperative, we’d end up with a situation that could be labeled “market socialism” or “mutualism” – much better for people overall when compared to capitalism. Many leftists, including myself, see cooperatives as potentially a good intermediary program for the transition from capitalism to socialism, since it could acclimate people to economic democracy and a mindset of community wellbeing. 

While cooperatives are miles better than traditional capitalist firms, you’d still wind up with many of the problems associated with a capitalist market economy under a mutualist system – you’d still have economic crises spurred by overproduction (since you’d still be running on the profit motive), needless parallel development of the same technologies across many competing firms (since there wouldn’t necessarily be cooperation between firms), and business closures resulting from a failure to compete (which would negatively impact workers and communities). In other words, cooperatives won’t change the economic landscape as long as they’re divorced from full-blown anti-capitalist political action. Over time, the horizontal cooperative model could be extended to the higher realms of the economy, thus creating a full socialist democracy founded upon a for-need/for-use principle (rather than the for-profit principle), but there’s not necessarily a guarantee of that. In this sense, it’s the job of leftists to help steer these ideas towards a socialism that can fully transcend the profit motive. In the meantime, I do think that valuable goals are achieved when leftists team up with cooperative advocates, especially if we can ever outline a program that might call for a transition from capitalism to mutualism to socialism. 

Other basic website resources for turning a traditional capitalist business into a worker cooperative can be found in links like these:

Hope this helped give some insight!


“The stock market is all about fear and anxiety, best shown in how a mouse reacts to a cat,” the Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte says of “The Mouse of Wall Street,” his cover for this week’s issue. When Swarte first sent his sketch, the markets were in free fall—but then a day later they had rebounded. Swarte amended the image to show “the optimistic mouse.”

Read this week’s issue.

The other day I was invited by a university art organization  to do a talk about my work experience and projects. The meat of the talk was showing my work process. So I made this artwork specifically for that purpose.

Click on this LINK to view the timelapse video.


As you saw yesterday, I tested out being a professional photographer for this week’s Tortie Scouts Entrepreneurship badge!

Turns out I am going to need a very big budget for cameras…I am going to need to get new cameras all the time because they just look too tasty to resist!


This week’s Tortie Scouts is all about showing resourcefulness in Entrepreneurship!

My dream is to open a photography business! I have learned from Mommy that taking pictures is lots of fun. I even have my own Kirby-sized camera!

anonymous asked:

u know what i just Realized??????? dnp have two different computer mice bc different hands but instead of sitting where it would make most sense where they can both easily reach their mouse, they sit opposite, where they have to reach over the other to get their mouse

is this accurate market research because i think they just keep one mouse in the middle where dan can easily reach it with his left hand and phil can easily reach it with his right hand. that’s what it’s always looked like to me at least