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  • 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 can then have a bit of an exchange if you want. .All the best D See More
Since releasing our video and statement on the need for systemic solutions to systemic crisis just one week ago, over three thousand people have added their names as signatories, ready to work to build "the next system."

My interview about "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth" with the indispensable Laura Flanders:

"No is not enough, says Naomi Klein, so if no isn't sufficient, what might be? This week, ​Laura talks with author/activist Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of the N...

Watch the video of my DC book launch:

Gar Alperovitz, former University of Maryland professor and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, argues that the U.S. needs an economic and political system that departs from both capitalism…

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.

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How does the Pluralist Commonwealth tackle ecological threats such as climate change?

I spoke with Ralph Nader about my new book, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth:

Political economist Gar Alperovitz gives us an encouraging progress report on how the New Economy Movement is transforming the system.

A good conversation about my new book....

If the design of corporate capitalism is unable to sustain values of equality, genuine democracy, liberty, and ecological sustainability as a matter of inherent systemic architecture, what systemic ‘design’ might ultimately achieve and sustain these values? and

Some kind words on the political strategy behind my new book from

Gar Alperovitz and his colleagues are making a compelling case that we might be witnessing the beginnings of an egalitarian-leaning political realignment

Join me tomorrow in DC for the launch of my new book!

Join Gar Alperovitz and the Democracy Collaborative on June 1st at 7pm at Busboys and Poets 14th and V for the launch of Gar's new book: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth. In this time of deepening political, economic, and ecological crisis, it’s more important than ever to not only resist the...

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)

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What can be done in a pluralist commonwealth to minimize necessary bureaucracy?

"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 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"
Gar Alperovitz

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What resources for a Pluralist Commonwealth can be found in the American tradition?

My new book, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, is available now, and free to read in its entirety online:

Our time demands we meet the systemic challenges inherent in an era of deepening despair and accelerating crises.

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."

Join Gar Alperovitz and the Democracy Collaborative on June 1st at 7pm at Busboys and Poets 14th and V for the launch of Gar's new book: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth. In this time of deepening political, economic, and ecological crisis, it’s more important than ever to not only resist the...

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.

The Next System Project's Gar Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the Federal Reserve should use quantitive easing, i.e. create money, to take Big Oil companies out of the equation and finance a massive green infrastructure program

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.

We’re running out of time on climate change. As Donald Trump and Big Oil’s other friends in Washington do their utmost to keep global temperatures climbing, our window for preserving civilization is closing fast.

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:

Fri 7:00 PM EDT2111 Florida Ave NW Washington D.C. 20008
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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:

Nonprofits and social enterprises are building local engines of economic opportunity that can be expanded when the political winds change — if grant makers act now to support them.

We know what we're against—but what do we want instead?

Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz offers an animated view of what a next system grounded in democratized ownership of the economy and real sus...