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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 5

Ehrenreich: Before proceeding to other matters, my big reason for wanting some things to remain marketized is that it would reduce the burden of planning. As you know, some have complained that parecon condemns us to endless meetings, so why not leave “non-essentials” to the market? Albert: Opting for some markets in order to reduce Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 4

Ehrenreich: I don’t want to prolong the skirt discussion (I hardly ever wear them myself), but I am confused about the way you conflate markets with capitalist exploitation. There were markets of one kind or another for thousands of years before capitalism, so they can’t be the same thing. Do you totally reject all attempts Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert Q/A 3

Ehrenreich: An eloquent answer, and I fully agree on the importance of keeping our vision in sight even while battling in the trenches. But there are alternatives to the present global power arrangements other than — you might say “short of” — the participatory economics you map out. Bill Greider, for example, has a book Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert, Q/A 2

Ehrenreich: The book is incredibly optimistic, some would say utopian. At a time when most on the US left are fighting constant erosions of rights and services — all of which were limited enough in the first place — what do you think the role of a book like Parecon can be? Albert: Of course Read more…

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Michael Albert: Ehrenreich Interviews Albert

Here is the first question and answer from a long recently completed but as yet unpublished interview of Michael Albert by Barbara Ehrenreich. The rest will follow, day by day… Ehrenreich: I have heard that there’s been a lot of interest around the world in your new book, Parecon: Life After Capitalism, about a new Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview

In the same spirit as the last message — this is an interview done for a major Pakistani periodical and for translation to Urdu, as well…again on parecon, and other matters too… 1. What has been the attitude and role of American civil society towards President Bush’s counter terrorism policies at home and abroad since Read more…

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