America Beyond Capitalism

America Beyond Capitalism

Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

Book - 2005
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change, Alperovitz suggests, is the rule, not the exception, in history, including in our own time, here and now. Eloquently reasoned, passionately argued, and grounded in a wealth of irrefutable facts and data, America Beyond Capitalism offers anyone who wants to take part in this momentous enterprise a new way to think about-and then get to work to help build-a new future. Book jacket.
If we look closely, America Beyond Capitalism suggests, the basic outlines of an achievable and community-sustaining vision are quietly taking shape-a vision that offers far better market-based ways to use our vast wealth to realize equality, democracy, and liberty. The rapid changes of the early 1960s, a time of explosive ferment and new ideas, seemed to come out of nowhere. So, too, did the modern conservative revolution-which once was seen as a marginal political project. Fundamental
have left many yearning for a realistic alternative. Alperovitz makes clear that capitalism and socialism are academic ideas that have never existed in their purest forms anywhere. Our nameless current system, which is a haphazard one, mostly controlled by the largest corporations, is not the only one possible.
There have been five major political realignments in American history, from before the Progressive Era to beyond the New Deal. All have occurred in the face of the argument that major change was impossible. America Beyond Capitalism shows that increasing numbers of citizens are also quietly beginning to take meaningful local and national action that can ultimately give explosive force to a new approach. The fall of communism and the painful ramifications of a globalized market free-for-all
the people-is already producing conditions that will force the United States to undergo historic changes.
We can all imagine a future where there's more to the American way than our current no-holds-barred capitalism, but will that future ever arrive? In his new book, Gar Alperovitz, the renowned scholar of politics, economics, and history, predicts that we've reached a major turning point in history. America Beyond Capitalism argues that the first decade of the twenty-first century-challenged by growing economic inequality, the devaluing of civil liberties, and a government unresponsive to
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley, c2005
ISBN: 9780471667308 (cloth : alk. paper)
0471667307 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 330.973 ALP
Characteristics: xv, 320 p. ; 23 cm

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Dragutin00
Sep 09, 2016

Some pretty good ideas here, and a decently optimistic look at America going forward. Written from a slightly left point of view, but incorporates a lot of right-wing ideas/concerns with an eye towards presenting ideas in a non-partisan way.

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zackery_0
Mar 17, 2016

Scrapping "Obama care" is not the answer. scrapping any thing that comes out of the executive branch is not the answer. scrapping anything that come out of the federal government is not the answer. for the time being the problem that is immanent, present and that needs to be addressed is the private sector pure and simple. it is the private sector that has declared silent war on the average American while having " government" as well in its crosshairs. while "average Americans" sit and watch while loving "fictional tv" and over exuberant sports. the private sector has inflated everything we see around us. and has trashed everything America was suppose to stand for. the private sector has said no to more government oversight so they can keep bleeding the federal reserve the federal trade commission and the internal revenue serve dry and what really backs it. its the American people and there hard earned commodities as well as tax dollars. they have declared open season on the American person by saying be more marketable and don't worry ware cooperate dollars go due to the fact its not suppose to be your money, its our money since we own things. the thing is the American dream was meant to be for the person the individual the worker not the cooperation's which are stock hording green back wealth virtually while they say you are not worth the 15 dollars minimum wage, while they make billions and poor them into other cooperation's stocks they are suppose to be in competition with. this is fraud and they government is going along with it because it gives our elected officials and their counter part underlings something to "bitch" about at face value on the "news" and cspan. the reality is they like to hustle the market while the hole market is robbing the world while making everything look horrible on paper and screen while everyone ignores the true problem and such uses a scape goat and chases smaller problems that no one really wants to reform. the fed is broke china wants gold and our military is strong arming them while they release one coal plant for emission relief lies about emissions and just let the workers go to work for "the Americans" or be street thugs without a healthy alternative, because not even a communist governing country wants a healthy private sector that does not screw the consumer.(not including Russia do to illuminati possibility control measure) go back to work America if you really don't care

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