Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics

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Seven Stories Press, Apr 16, 2013 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 224 pages
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Parecomic is a graphic novel about the system we live in—what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better. The recent upsurge in popular protest around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of capitalism and desire an alternative that will work for the 99%, not just the 1%. Parecon is one such alternative, and Parecomic brings this to life in illustrated form.

Parecomic is about Michael Albert—the visionary behind “participatory economics”—and his life’s struggle as a left-wing activist in the US, beginning with the heady days of 1960s student demos and lifestyle rebellions; following the developments of the antiwar, civil rights, woman’s, and Black Panthers movements; to the establishment of alternative media like South End Press and ZNet; and the development of the participatory economics model.

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"Parecomic: The Story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics is a clear, thoughtful and compelling introduction to some of the most challenging ideas around, and to an inspiring life of radical construction. After leading revolutionary student activism in the top scientific university in the US, MIT (the sanctuary described above had a huge impact), Michael Albert was the driving force in creating: an important radical publishers (South End); a major radical magazine (Z); the world’s biggest radical website (ZCommunications); a radical summer school (Z Media Institute); and, recently, a left-wing alternative to Facebook (ZSocial), and the ‘International Organisation for a Participatory Society’ (IOPS). Sean Michael Wilson and Carol Thompson have created an excellent 240-page graphic novel of Michael Albert’s life and thought, carefully explaining ‘parecon’, a new vision of a liberated society."
- Peace News.

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SEAN MICHAEL WILSON is a comic book writer from Scotland, currently based in Japan, who has written fourteen books of comics and manga. His work includes a version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (with artist Mike Collins); Emily Brontė’s Wuthering Heights; Oscar Wilde’s A Canterville Ghost; The Japanese Drawing Room (with RING horror manga artist Sakura Mizuki); and the documentary book Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover (with artist Lee O’Connor).
CARL THOMPSON is a cartoonist based in Minneapolis. A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, he has worked with writer Sean Michael Wilson on the political comic strip “Green Benches,” published monthly in the British magazine Blue and Green Tomorrow.

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