The dominance of corporate capitalism and the influence of money on politics have led to growing inequality, erosion of civil liberties, inadequate health care, environmental decline and the list goes on. Can traditional reform politics address these problems or is the system broken? Broken, according to political economist Gar Alperovitz
, but that doesn't mean the game's over. In his recently published What Then Can We Do? Straight Talk About the Next the American Revolution
Alperovitz offers a 'checkerboard' of hope -- real alternatives that are already happening to build community-sustaining economies and to democratize wealth from the ground up. These include but are not limited to worker owned firms, municipal ownership of businesses, and even nationalization of strategic institutions. The pain resulting from our systemic crisis may may galvanize us to re-make our world. Hosted by Stephanie Potter.
"This book offers by far the most serious, intellectually grounded strategy for system-changing yet to appear. It could be the most important movement-building book of the new century..." —Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Gar Alperovitz is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative (http://democracycollaborative.org/). He is the author of numerous books, includ Making a Place For Community, and America Beyond Capitalism. (See also Community-Wealth: http://community-wealth.org/)
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