(Chelsea Green Publishing, Spring 2013)
—James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible
—Grace Lee Boggs, author of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
(Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars & Sense, 2011)
A marvelous book [...] I recommend it all the time.
– Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Careful, well-researched, and practical alternative progressives have been seeking.
– Juliet Schor, author of The Overspent American
One of the most important books of the decade.
– Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council
With Lew Daly
(The New Press, 2008)
Rarely do the facts of the matter so illuminate a moral truth as they do in Unjust Deserts. Quite simply, this book changes the fundamental terms of reference for future debates about inequality. It convincingly demonstrates that knowledge is the primary source of our national wealth, with or without the elites at the top who claim the lion’s share. [...] Alperovitz and Daly help us understand what this reality means, and the values at stake, in a nation growing more unequal with each passing day. This book opens an extraordinary new vista on the moral bankruptcy of our second Gilded Age.
This deeply informed and carefully argued study of the social and historical factors that enter into creative achievement formulates issues of entitlement in ways that have far-reaching implications for a just social order.
With David Imbroscio and Thad Williamson
An indispensable primer for the new century.
—From the forward by Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad v. McWorld
Comprehensive, balanced, and well documented, Making a Place for Community is a monumental collection of valuable research, experience, data and policy guidance on building strong local economies. Essential reading for every city, county and state official and engaged citizen and an invaluable reference source to which they will return for years to come.”
—David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World
The restoration of American democracy will begin—if it begins at all—in the lives of communities, not Washington DC or state capitals. Making a Place for Community provides an illuminating and rigorous tour of the existing landscape of community life and the ongoing efforts to foster development. It is a terrific catalogue of promising ideas.
—William Greider, author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism