We all know the current economic and political system isn’t working. It’s corrupt, with 1% of the population amassing wealth beyond the imagination, while the the remainder suffer in anger, hopelessness and despair. That 1% buys Congress who make the rules. And Congress disagrees on those rules to the point that the nation is gridlocked with no hope in sight of any meaningful agreement.
On a personal level, I am doing my best to control my own life in these uncertain times. I switched banks going to a local credit union, I planted a vegetable garden so I can survive and enjoy food free from chemicals and monster seeds (GMO), I have paid off all debts, and I’m in the process of building a solar system to live off the grid and be free of an antiquated system dominated by monopoly corporations that bleed us dry.
Capitalism has failed us. It doesn’t work. And if we don’t get another system in place soon, we will die with it. Literally. I encourage you to watch this 13 minute video as Gar Alperovitz outlines a system that can and is working in different places. Gar describes a model that challenges private monopoly ownership without a powerful bureaucratic state. I’m sold because I’m already doing it. If you are with a local bank or credit union, you are doing it too. Enjoy! ~CAdesertvoice
“This challenging work succeeds in a task that may seem almost utopian in dark times suffused by anger, hopelessness, and despair: to provide concrete and feasible ways to reverse the ominous course of the past several decades and to open the way to a vibrant democracy with a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs, not least the need to control one’s work and life. It is an impressive achievement, that should inspire thought and constructive action.”
—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“America Beyond Capitalism comes at a critical time in our history—when we all know our system isn’t working but we are not sure what can be done about it. This book takes us outside the confines of orthodox thinking, imagines a new way of living together, and then brings that vision back into reality with a set of eminently practical ideas that promise a truly democratic society.”
—Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States
“An important guidebook to the future. First, Alperovitz leads a grim tour of the deteriorated values at the core of the American experience – equality, liberty, democracy, and the wise use of our collective wealth. Then he takes us to the mountaintop with a broad and optimistic mapping vision of how Americans can remake their economy and society to restore those values. A compelling and convincing story of the future.”
—William Greider, author of The Soul of a Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy