- I made a remix of your book, with necessary corrections. The correct...ed version is an anarcho-capitalist piece. Thanks for your inspiration.
- What about the demise of Brick and Mortar Retail Stores and shopping... malls. Can they use the employee owned model? KMART, Macy's and Radio Shack simply can't compete with Amazon.
- Hi Gar, David Hoffman here. The same guy who spent time with you at... LSE and Cambridge and who received your generous loan when I needed it badly. Have not seen you since Washington in, maybe, 1967. Thought of you today when I read about the revelation that the Allies knew about the atrocities in Germany since 1942 but the State dept was more worried about Communism than demonizing the Germans.thought of your thesis. Lets exchange emails...mine is email@example.com can then have a bit of an exchange if you want. .All the best D
My interview about "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth" with the indispensable Laura Flanders:
Watch the video of my DC book launch:
Critically, the Pluralist Commonwealth recognizes the difficulty of enforcing traditional regulatory or taxing approaches to reducing dangerous emissions. Major energy companies (primarily oil and coal) and ideological efforts like that of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity have exploited the anger of displaced and dissatisfied white workers and others to thwart important attempts to control emissions—defeating, for instance, the Obama Administration’s proposed clima...te legislation in 2010. Despite important international agreements (the Kyoto Protocol in 1992, the Copenhagen Agreement in 2009, and the Paris Agreement in 2015) they have steadily opposed significant regulatory action, and investment in solar, electric car, conservation, insulation and other energy saving alternatives.
The Pluralist Commonwealth works first to substitute democratically owned economic institutions for private firms in many parts of the energy industry, thereby minimally extracting them from direct involvement in the political process through campaign contributions, lobbying, and election financing in general. Second, it substitutes institutions at both the local and the national level that have a positive interest in conservation and alternative clean energy sources, or are, minimally, amenable to both rather than opposed. Third, the Pluralist Commonwealth emphasizes a broad range of strategies aimed at dealing directly with the economic and other pressures and insecurities creating radical discontent at the local level.
I spoke with Ralph Nader about my new book, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth:
A good conversation about my new book....
Some kind words on the political strategy behind my new book from Inequality.org
Join me tomorrow in DC for the launch of my new book!
Gar Alperovitz on the problem of bureaucracy for the design of the next system: "it is a serious mistake to ignore the lack of control we now have of major corp...orate institutions and to abandon the critique of bureaucracy to the right." (From his new book Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, available for free online)
"There is much to be learned from experiments around the world with new forms of economic development and political governance. It is also certain that capitali...sm is global, and that any program for real transformation needs to come to terms with global inequities and the role of globalized trade. But I believe that, in general, we have, first and foremost a responsibility to act where we are—and that Americans have a special responsibility here, as inhabitants of the most powerful corporate capitalist nation in the history of the world. Our task—and it is by no means small—is to transform the economic system of this nation, displacing the economic engine of global expansion and the power relationships it creates and sustains"
My new book, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, is available now, and free to read in its entirety online:
DC colleagues and friends: please join me at Busboys and Poets on June 1st for the launch of my new book "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth."
When the lives of hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, are at stake, and the fossil fuel corporations refuse to stop drilling and continue to block meaningful climate action, we need a bold solution: buy them out and shut them down.
My new piece in The Nation, on how "QE for the Planet" can deliver the knockout punch that shuts down the fossil fuel industry before the climate bubble pops.
More details coming soon, but I'm excited to be speaking the evening before the People's Climate March at this event organized by Democratic Socialists of America:
My piece today with my Democracy Collaborative co-founder Ted Howard on how to lay the foundations for systemic change in an era of crisis and cutbacks: