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Pluralism vs. Authoritarianism: Gar Alperovitz with Laura Flanders

No is not enough, says Naomi Klein, so if no isn’t sufficient, what might be? This week, ​Laura Flanders talked with author/activist Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of the Next System Project (a framework for imagining ‘the next system’ of governance, democracy, and security). From the gloom of today, he sees the principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth emerging.

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Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

Our time demands we meet the challenges inherent in an era of deepening despair and accelerating crises—political, ecological, and economic—that is also potentially the prehistory of transformative and fundamental systemic change. This requires a serious discussion of practical new economic efforts and organizing strategies as well as the steady development of both power and ideas that can help us move through and beyond the current emergency. The approach and model outlined in my new book—the Pluralist Commonwealth—offers a trajectory and pattern for wide-ranging institutional change towards real democracy over the long haul, guided by a transformative vision beyond both corporate capitalism and traditional state socialism. Read my new book for free online at The Next System Project

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Gar Alperovitz on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Gar Alperovitz joined Ralph Nader on June 24, 2017to discuss his new book Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth and give an encouraging progress report on how the New Economy Movement is transforming the system.

It’s time to build new economic institutions that are democratic but also–critically–give us a new power base as well in the communities around the country.

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Gar Alperovitz on Forthright Radio

If the design of corporate capitalism is unable to sustain values of equality, genuine democracy, liberty, and ecological sustainability as a matter of inherent systemic architecture, what systemic ‘design’ might ultimately achieve and sustain these values? and
How specifically might it be possible to move forward, especially in difficult political times, to lay foundations for a transformation in the direction of a serious new systemic answer?

Gar Alperovitz joined Joy LaClaire on Forthright Radio on June 21, 2017 to respond to these questions and discuss his new handbook, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth. 

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Progressive Visions: The Pluralist Commonwealth

Read Dan Sisken’s review of Gar’s book, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth on Progressive Strategy. Sisken highlights the many successful examples of alternative forms of ownership and economic institutions across the United States that Gar features in his book:

These are just a few of the building blocks put forth as part of a pluralist commonwealth. Among the others addressed in the book are climate change, decentralization, culture, democracy, liberty, investment, markets, technology, and trade. There is a short chapter that explains how each of these plays a role in the pluralist commonwealth that may be starting to appear on the horizon.

The Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth proposes building blocks that help progressives and others envision something different that works for everyone.

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