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Michael Albert: Fight Forward

What should be the approach of leftists, progressive, and anyone with even a smidgin of concern for those suffering economic distress in hard times?    A debate over reducing government, cutting spending, or raising taxes has no self evidently positive aspect. More government, more spending, more taxes, all sound bad to working people. In fact, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon as Anarcho Snake Pit: Scene Setting

Finding Unity? Anarchism says, in all life’s dimensions, reduce the exercise of power of one person or group over other people or groups to a minimum. Reject all hierarchies of power and reward whether are based on position in the economy, culture, polity, or kinship. Favor free association of informed actors exercising a self managing Read more…

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Michael Albert: Judging Economic Policy

The economy is a shambles. True, from the perspective of the poor, it was also a shambles before the current crisis, but things are now so discombobulated that even stratospheric penthouses are leaking cash. Collapse beckons. Urgency dictates policy. Contending constituencies will request, demand, and even battle for changes. Policies will ensue. The question is Read more…

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Michael Albert: Obama Mania?

Some things are obvious. Electing a first African American President is world historic. The electorate bending toward sanity, eloquence, and dignity, rather than a death spiral into moronic depravity is positive, too, even if mostly because the alternative is a condition of abject horror. Realignment of various voting sectors and undercutting market mania are very Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Aspirations

This essays is excerpted from the Zed Press book, Realizing Hope Leftists throughout the world today, and in all past times, have sought what are actually conceptually simple outcomes: each person should be as free as all others and as able to enjoy the fruits of labor and the virtues of social engagement in an Read more…

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Michael Albert: Fatalism May Be Fatal

A couple of days ago I opened the Sunday New York Times. The main headline, front page, top right, was “At many homes, more profit and less nursing.” The article was about a trend in nursing homes in Florida where private investors have cut costs to raise profits. Details followed. Florida investors gained mightily. Florida Read more…

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Michael Albert: Hello Hugo

Have you ever felt like there are things you want to know about what someone thinks that would matter for the lives of many people and yet you have no way to get the answers? You can’t call the person on the phone and ask their views. The person doesn’t have a public phone number. Read more…

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Michael Albert: What, Actually, would it mean to win?

Winning could mean a lot of things. It could mean that we won an end to a war, or to the IMF or World Bank. Or it could refer to winning higher wages, better work conditions, open information in a workplace, affirmative action for race or gender, or new ecological laws, or, of course, many Read more…

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Michael Albert: Solidarity and Participatory Economics Friends or Foes?

In a recent article appearing on ZNet, Ethan Miller argues passionately and effectively on behalf of a movement that has developed in Latin America and to an extent also in Europe, called “solidarity economics.” What is this movement about? And what is the connection, positive or critical, between solidarity economics and the other post capitalist Read more…

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Michael Albert: What Is Revolution?

[The editorial board of Birikim (www.birikimdergisi.com.), one of the oldest socialist commentary monthlies of Europe and the Middle East, published in Turkish, asked a number of people to answer the question What is Revolution, for a special edition of the periodical. This was my answer… By the word revolution many people mean gigantic social conflagration. Read more…

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