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Parecon : Life After Capitalism - Michael Albert


Life After Capitalism

Paperback Published: 17th May 2004
ISBN: 9781844675050
Number Of Pages: 311

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'What do you want?' is a constant query put to economic and globalization activists decrying current poverty, alienation and degradation. In this highly praised new work, destined to attract worldwide attention and support, Michael Albert provides an answer: Participatory Economics, 'Parecon' for short, a new economy, an alternative to capitalism, built on familiar values including solidarity, equity, diversity and people democratically controlling their own lives, but utilizing original institutions fully described and defended in the book.

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"Michael Albert is an important thinker who takes us beyond radical denunciations and pretentious "analysis" to a thoughtful, profound meditation on what a good society can be like...." -- Howard Zin. "A program of radical reconstruction, presenting a vision that draws from a rich tradition of thought and practice of the libertarian left and popular movements, but adding novel critical analysis and specific ideas and modes of implementation. It merits close attention, debate, and action." -- Noam Chomsky "... this participatory vision is what Albert successfully provides for activists and academics alike, with the hope that is it will be used to inspire social projects aimed at defeating inequality and leading to people democratically managing their own lives." -- Rob Maguire, ZNet "Albert is ideally suited to synthesizing all the strands running through the anti-capitalist movement." -- The Ecologist "Parecon is a brave argument for ... a much needed...more equitable, democratic, participatory...alternative economic vision." -- Arundhati Roy "He is advocating a top to bottom economic revolution." -- Library Journal "Parecon is a pragmatic and visionary programme that would certainly boost human freedom; we ought at least to try it out." -- Red Pepper "Capitalism not working for you? Michael Albert may be tilting at windmills, but readers are flocking to his book on a system to spread the wealth and work." -- Los Angeles Times "an important contribution to the imaginative tools for everyone who wants to dismantle capitalism." -- International Socialism "A historically informed and logical economic blueprint with the practicality of a hand-tool, and a vision guided by the desire to find nobility in work." -- Kirkus Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Values and Institutions
What Is An Economy?p. 19
Economic Valuesp. 28
Judging Economiesp. 43
Participatory Economic Vision
Ownershipp. 89
Councilsp. 91
Job Complexesp. 103
Remunerationp. 112
Allocationp. 118
Summary and Defensep. 148
Evaluating Pareconp. 157
Daily Life in a Participatory Economy
Workingp. 173
Consumingp. 208
Allocatingp. 219
Criticisms Addressed
Efficiencyp. 231
Productivityp. 238
Creativity / Qualityp. 244
Meritocracy / Innovationp. 248
Privacy / Frenzyp. 253
Individuals / Societyp. 261
Participatory?p. 265
Flexibilityp. 275
Elevating Need?p. 282
Compatibilityp. 286
Human Naturep. 289
Asset or Debit?p. 294
Excitement / Attainabilityp. 300
Brief Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9781844675050
ISBN-10: 184467505X
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition