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The “Middle Way” of John R. Commons: Pursuing Reasonable Value in the Age of Unreason

Charles J. Whalen

Journal of Economic Issues, 2020, vol. 54, issue 4, 1161-1173

Abstract: John R. Commons sought to orient the U.S. economy in the direction of reasonable value as a way to “save capitalism by making it good.” In particular, he offered two paths to that “middle way” between the socio‐political extremes of fascism and communism: judicial sovereignty and collective democracy. This policy note considers a variety of present‐day challenges to pursuit of those paths; some possible ways forward are also suggested.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/00213624.2020.1835130

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