Parecon: Life After Capitalism

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'What do you want?' is a constant query put to economic and globalization activists decrying current poverty, alienation, and degradation. In this highly praised new work, destined to attract worldwide attention and support, Michael Albert provides an answer: participatory economics, 'parecon' for short ? a new economy, an alternative to capitalism, built on familiar values including solidarity, equity, diversity, and people democratically controlling their own lives, but utilizing original institutions fully described and defended in this book.
 

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PARECON: Life After Capitalism

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If not capitalism, what then? asks journalist and activist Albert as he proffers this dogged, humanist alternative to private enterprise.Let's admit, suggests Albert (a founder of Z Magazine and South ... Read full review

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User Review  - AndrewBlackman - LibraryThing

This is not the most interesting book I have read lately, but it is one of the most important. It deals with the topics so often left vague in left-wing literature: the nitty-gritty of how a non ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Values and Institutions
17
What Is An Economy?
19
Economic Values
28
Judging Economies
43
Participatory Economic Vision
87
Ownership
89
Councils
91
Criticism Addressed
229
Efficiency
231
Productivity
238
Creativity Quality
244
Meritocracy Innovation
248
Privacy Frenzy
253
Individuals Society
261
Participatory?
265

Job Complexes
103
Remuneration
112
Allocation
118
Summary and Defense
148
Evaluating Parecon
157
Daily Life in a Participatory Economy
171
Working
173
Consuming
208
Allocating
219
Flexibility
275
Elevating Need?
282
Compatibility
286
Human Nature
289
Asset or Debit?
294
Excitement Attainability
300
Brief Bibliography
303
Index
305
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Michael Albert helped found and establish South End Press and Z Magazine, among other institutions. A long-time activist, he now maintains Z's internationally acclaimed web site Znet (www.zmag.org). He has written numerous books and countless articles dealing with, among other topics, economics, vision, social change, strategy, globalization, and war and peace.

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