Beyond Capitalism

Program #ALPG003. Recorded in Northampton, MA on June 11, 2012.

Audio sample:

Discontent with the corporate-run economy is mounting in the wake of the Great Recession. For too many these are dark times suffused by anger, hopelessness, and despair. There is a long-term structural crisis of capitalism. The problems are systemic. The top 400 people own more wealth than the bottom 185 million Americans. How to reverse the ominous spiral of income and wealth inequality? There is an emerging new economy of practical bottom-up efforts underway in many cities and towns that seek to democratize wealth and empower citizens and communities, not corporations. There is a range of initiatives such as worker-owned businesses, cooperatives, community land trusts, credit unions, and social enterprises. These structures suggest a roadmap for laying the foundation to support the values of equality and meaningful democracy and creating a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs.

Speaker(s):

Gar Alperovitz (click to view archive)

Gar Alperovitz is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of numerous books, including Making a Place For Community, and America Beyond Capitalism.
Reviews currently not available

Order...

CD:
$14
MP3:
$5
Transcript download:
$3
Transcript mailed:
$5

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty

Related Programs

Chris Williams
Capitalism and the Environment

James Hansen, one of the leading scientific authorities on global warming, warns: "Planet Earth, creation, the world in which civilization developed, the world with climate patterns that we know and...  

Richard Wolff
Capitalism Hits the Fan

Like that well known substance, Capitalism has hit the fan. The statistics are numbing and do not convey the suffering and trauma citizens are enduring. Gone up in smoke are...  

Richard Wolff
Naked Capitalism

Through its myriad booms and busts, capitalism manages to roll with the punches and emerge standing. We are constantly told: it's the only show in town. Do you want the...  

Benjamin Barber
Runaway Capitalism

Our great leaders tell us what we already know, The economy is "sour." But no worries. At the end of the day all will be well. Just keep on shoppin.'...

Michael Parenti
The Hypocrisies of Capitalism

The "Newsweek" cover declares, "We are All Socialists Now." Some people have a different take on it. Paul Krugman, commenting on the bailout of banks and the giant insurance company...

William Greider
The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism

The global economic landscape is being radically transformed. Traditional boundaries disappear as huge transnational corporations move virtually at will in search of cheap labor and resources. One financier boasts, "Now...