Category: Defending Parecon

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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: Doubt, or Denial?

This is part of an exploration/debate regarding parecon and peercommony. The first two essays are Summarizing Parecon by Michael Albert and Summarizing Peercommony by Christian Siefkes. This essay is in response to Siefkes’s Why I Still Doubt.   Christian, parecon rejects private ownership, corporate divisions of labor, competitive market allocation, and wage slavery. Repeatedly associating parecon with capitalism because Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Of the People, By the People

Robin Hahnel’s Of the People, By the People: The case for a participatory economy (Soapbox Press, 2012, distributed by AK press, www.akpress.org) is the latest and most accessible presentation of his argument that a new economy—based on equality, participation, solidarity, and self-management—is both desirable and possible. Originally formulated by Hahnel and Michael Albert more than Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to Siefkes’ Reconsideration…

The following piece titled, "Replying to Siefkes' Reconsideration," responds to Christain Siefkes' Peercommony Reconsidered, which was reacting to Albert's initial comment on Peercommony. Siefkes will comment in a followup article to the piece immediately below. All the content of the exchange, as it becomes available, will display at Albert/Siefkes Discussion which includes a set of pieces beginning with an Read more…

Christian Siefkes: Peercommony Reconsidered

The following piece titled, Peercommony Reconsidered?, responds to Michael Alberts' Considering Peercommony, which was reacting to a Siefkes summary of Peercommony. Albert will comment in a followup article on the piece immediately below. All the content, as it becomes available, will display at Albert/Siefkes Discussion which includes a set of pieces beginning with an Albert summary of Parecon, and then Siefke's Read more…

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Michael Albert: Peercommony Doubts Parecon?

The following piece titled, Peercommony Doubts Parecon?, responds to Christian Siefkes' My Doubts About Parecon, which was reacting to an Albert summary of Parecon. Christian will comment in a followup article on the piece immediately below, and Michael on Christian's. All the content, as it becomes available, will display at Albert/Siefkes Discussion which also includes a set of pieces beginning with Read more…

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Fabio Sallustro: Translation of Fanfare – Italy

Dear friends, Znetitaly.org, an Italian IOPS collective primarily focusing on translating into Italian texts published by Znet/Zcommunications , has started the translation into Italian of volume 1, Occupy – Theory, of the Trilogy Fanfare for the Future. The project is approved by the authors, Michael Albert and Mandisi Majavu and will materialize in the publication Read more…

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Michael Albert: Libcom Author Rejects Parecon Remuneration…

Recently an essay criticizing participatory economics was brought to my attention, via IOPS. "A workers' critique of parecon" appears on the site libcom, at http://libcom.org/blog/workers-critique-parecon-11042012  I quote the piece extensively as I reply.   I should perhaps also note my motivation. While there is nothing in the essay that I and others haven't addressed often before, Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Awesomism

A realistic economics professor schools her naive, idealistic pupil on how awesome capitalism is compared to participatory socialism. A better quality version is on YouTube.

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