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Michael Albert: The First Z Poll – and Z Forums

The first poll posted on the new site has now garnered somewhat over 400 replies. Each person could click any number of “labels” to indicate ways they are happy to be identified. The results are sort of interesting, in a few ways. First, there should be many more respondents. Suppose the polling system would routinely Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Personal Implications of Participatory Economics

Consider participatory economics. What are its key features? What would be their main implications for the overall situation we find ourselves in? What would be their additional implications for who we can be?   Parecon’s Key Features Participatory economics has a few central defining institutions. It has collective social control of workplaces instead of private Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview Questions…

I am leaving for Venezuela Tuesday, to interview President Maduro. Below is an updated outline of questions I hope to have time to ask… there will surely be refinements on the fly… Questions for President Maduro Background Let’s start with your own background and personal views. How did you first become politically active?  And very Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecomic!

I suppose commenting on a book about yourself is a bit much. On the other hand, my not writing about this book – called Parecomic – would dis-serve its author, Sean Michael Wilson, its artist, Carl Thompson, and, the book itself.  Parecomic is a graphic book which tells "The Story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics." But what Read more…

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Michael Albert: ZSocial and WorldSocial: Dying, or Being Born

This is a blog that has been posted in ZSocial – for ZSocial users. However, I think it is relevant more widely, so I reproduce it here for ZCom users… First, I would like to apologize – but with an explanation.  ZSocial is currently far from worthy. Let's face it, that is the truth. There Read more…

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Michael Albert: WorldSocial and Us

I jsut sent the following letter to people who have signed up for ZSocial, but in many cases not yet begun using it, or paying for it. The content, however, is equally relevant for all ZCom users… Hello, Bringing ZSocial and the encompassing FaceLeft system up to speed is not going to be easy – Read more…

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Michael Albert: From Each, To Each – Yet Again

A difficult dispute divides some libertarians who advocate "from each according to ability; to each according to need" and other libertarians who advocate participatory economics but reject the idea of "from each to each." Can we clarify or even resolve this difference?   Although the famous oft repeated phrase traces to various possible origins, I Read more…

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Michael Albert: Greek Interview

I was recently interviewed for Greek Distribution – http://www.efsyn.gr/?p=32452 – and thoguht I would make it available here as an example of a very succinct discussion of aspects of parecon… 1. Does “participatory economics (Parecon)” represent a model for the future?     Yes. Parecon aims to replace capitalism and 20th century socialism. Its key values are Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ten Years On…

There have been quite a few and may well be more essays written about the massive antiwar demonstrations held ten years ago, February 15. Some of the essays take the form – "anti war, what is it good for, absolutely nothing." Others take the form, "glory days need to be here again, we achieved so Read more…

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Michael Albert: A Call for Demos

  This was initiated by others – but I signed on – and I hope others will, as well.                                                                         Read more…

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