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What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution

ISBN-10: 1603585044
ISBN-13: 9781603585040
Edition: 2013
Authors: Gar Alperovitz
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Description: Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.But just what is this thing  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.96" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.But just what is this thing called a new economy, and how might it take shape in America? In The Community Wealth Solution, Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like--and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer's darkroom, already taking shape.He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely--and something entirely American.Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.For the growing group of Americans pacing at the edge of confidence in the old system, or already among its detractors, The Community Wealth Solutionoffers an elegant solution for moving from anger to strategy.

A Note About What Can Be Talked About, and in What Ways
Introduction
The System Problem
How to Detect a System Problem Without Really Trying
But Hasn't What We Normally Call Politics Done What Needs to Be Done in the Past?
Flies Number Two and Three in the Traditional Theory of Politics
The Fading Power of Traditional Politics
Systems Old and New: Evolutionary Reconstruction
A Note About Systems and History and Prehistory: And Also About Just Plain Useful Change
An Initial Way to Think About System Change
Quiet Democratization Everywhere
Worker Ownership Redux
Cultural and Ideological Hegemony, Utopia-and Us
"Checkerboard": Emergent Municipal and State Possibilities
How the Conservatives Buried Adam Smith: And What It Might Mean for Us
Everyday Socialism, All the Time, American-Style
Checkerboard Strategies, and Beyond
Hot Spots: Banking, Health Care, and Crisis Transformations
Banking
Health Care
Beyond Countervailing Power
Bigger Possibilities and Precedents: For Something, One Day, Possibly Even More Interesting
Narrow-Minded Efficiency, Public Enterprise, and All That
Public Enterprise Redux I: And Just a Bit More on the Use and Misuse of "Efficiency Talk"
Public Enterprise Redux II: Airline Foolishness and Endless Growth
The Emerging Historical Era
The Emerging Historical Context: And Why It's Critical to Your Theory of Change and Your Strategy
Two Dogs That Are Unlikely to Bark Again
Stagnation and Punctuated Stagnation
The Logic of Our Time in History: And What That Means for the Next American System
Conclusion
The Prehistory of the Next American Revolution: Toward a Community-Sustaining System
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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