Beyond Capitalism + A New Economic Paradigm
First Program: Gar Alperovitz - Beyond Capitalism
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.
Second Program: Gar Alperovitz - A New Economic Paradigm
When something doesn't work you either get it fixed or replace it. Makes sense right? Take capitalism. It careens from crisis to crisis. It has systemic structural problems. The traditional remedies, such as legislative reform, don't work or if they do they are soon outflanked by power brokers who know how to game the rules. The Great Recession continues. Discontent and anger are growing. The Occupy movement has illuminated how deeply the deck is stacked against the ordinary citizen. It is past time to look at alternatives in how the economy is organized. Fundamental changes are required. It may take a long time but seeds are now being sown. There are bottom-up grassroots efforts quietly going on that suggest a different model. There is an emerging "new economy" which empower communities and workers, not corporations.
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First program: Democracy at Work Cascading economic problems and crises, coupled with dysfunctional political responses, have plunged many societies into deepening turmoil. Capitalism, the dominant economic system of our time,...
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...
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...
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...
First Program: 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...
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...
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.'...
Systemic Crisis of Capitalism + Capitalism Hits the Fan
First Program: Systemic Crisis of Capitalism Today's economic crisis is the most severe since the Great Depression. What are its root causes? The conventional explanations put the blame on greedy...
The Hypocrisies of Capitalism
Newsweek's 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 AIG, says...
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...
The Pathology of Wealth
As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have more important matters to consider. Making...
The Pathology of Wealth + The Hypocrisies of Capitalism
First Program: The Pathology of Wealth As the planet moves closer to environmental catastrophe, the captains of industry, the robber barons of the age, could hardly be bothered. They have...