If You Don’t Like Capitalism, and You Don’t Like Socialism, What Do You Want?
The Possibility of a Pluralist Commonwealth and a Community Sustaining Economy
It is increasingly obvious that the United States faces systemic problems. Income and wealth disparities have become severe and corrosive of democratic possibilities. Unemployment, poverty, and environmental challenges deepen day by day. Corporate power now dominates decision-making through lobbying, uncontrolled contributions, and political advertising. The planet itself is threatened by global warming. The lives of millions are compromised by economic and social pain. Our communities are in decay.
Is there any way forward?
In this accessible introduction, Gar Alperovitz and Steve Dubb outline the principles of an emerging alternative system, one based on projects emerging all across America which democratize wealth, decentralize power, rebuild communities, and help create a sustainable future.
Gar Alperovitz is a historian and political economist and the author of America Beyond Capitalism. He is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative.
Steve Dubb is the research director at the Democracy Collaborative.