What Then Must We Do?

What Then Must We Do?

Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

Book - 2013
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Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.

But just what is this thing called a new economy, and how might it take shape in America? In What Then Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like--and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer's darkroom, already taking shape.

He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely--and something entirely American.

Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

For the growing group of Americans pacing at the edge of confidence in the old system, or already among its detractors, What Then Must We Do? offers an elegant solution for moving from anger to strategy.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2013
ISBN: 9781603585040
1603585044
9781603584913
1603584919
Characteristics: xiv, 205 p. ; 24 cm

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CaroleRydberg
Jun 21, 2015

Confession - I have renewed this little book three times and am committed to finishing it in the next three days! I believe that the early parts of the book discouraged me and were hard for me to read because they told me things that I really did not want to believe. But, it also has given me new hope and reasons for optimism. It is making me think about alternative economic structures; other ways of doing things that are already taking place and are bringing more democracy and equity to our planet. It may be the most important little book that anyone can read. I consider it MUST reading for anyone ... especially those who are young and who care. These changes are going to take more time than I, at 77 years, may have. Read it! Act on it!

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StarGladiator
Feb 18, 2014

Prof. Alperovitz is proposing something most radical: economic democracy. Economic democracy is the ultimate bane of the super-crooks who rig all those markets (LIBOR rates, interest rate derivatives rates, precious metals market rates, oil/energy rates, various metals by warehousing and artificially driving up demands while manipulating metals futures, and on and on and on): JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, et cetera). Only a majority grassroots movement would be successful, but how few Americans would understand what the good professor is proposing?

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