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Michael Albert: Inquiries

Recently many people are asking why did the U.S. government ignore various indicators leading up to 9/11 that perhaps something horrible would happen if there weren’t changes in U.S. policies. Okay…I suppose it isn’t an entirely unreasonable question. And similarly for wondering how come the media was so obtuse to the events. But to put Read more…

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Michael Albert: Beyond Capitalism

I have been asked for a short essay for a book that will appear at the ESF, this October. I have to rush it…and here is a draft. Anyone who wants to send me any suggestions, please feel free. But the commenting system is down. Beyond Capitalism To build and take an anti capitalist movement Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…Last

> I can’t help but wonder whether any system can survive if it is too complex for the general public to understand. Is this serous? Parecon has a few key institutions and concepts, which a junior high school student could easily understand. To understand even its most intricate logic – high school students would have Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc student…Sixth

> In his model, Albert argues for balanced job complexes instead of a labor market. Balanced job complexes replace corporate division of labor – not labor markets. Hiring and also firing of workers is not a market exchange because the terms are not governed by competitive bidding…it is planned, but they do exist in a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc Student…fifth

> 1. Ease of Communicating the Parecon Model to Others – Personally, I find that a major obstacle to many reforms is the inability to plainly summarize the proposed reform and the rationale for implementing it (i.e. as if one is organizing behind the proposal and has to persuade others of its’ importance, since most Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc – Fourth Student

The fourth student likes the ideas that, First, “participatory consumers must weigh the benefits of consumption requests against the sacrifices required to produce them.” Second, “participatory consumers must distinguish reasonable consumption requests from ones that are excessive or overly modest” (Albert 123). The first is what really caught my attention, so given that preferences are Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Third Student

Hmmmmm…these student comments are a bit longer than I anticipated…also a bit less in touch with the actual characteristics of parecon…but I started so I guess I will continue, though a bit more summarily than I had hoped, given these attributes. The Third Student writes… > The two aspects of Albert’s Parecon system which I Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292 – The Second Student

The second student worries about parecon’s method of allocation. > For the purposes of making decision about allocation, Albert advocates ‘decentralized participatory planning’ (p. 122), in which members of a parecon, in their respective capacities as producers and consumers, come to determine what will be consumed and produced through a series of proposals, which end Read more…

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Michael Albert: Soc 292: Parecon Comments

In perusing the internet I found a pdf of comments by students, I think, of a sociology course (292) that used parecon for a reading. I thought I might briefly react to its contents in a few blog posts. The first student, after indicating his broad support, wonders if parecon isn’t “an economist’s fable, a Read more…

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Michael Albert: The World and the US

Recently on a number of occasions I have told people asking about how parecon the book and of course the model was doing, that it was an odd situation In the U.S., I have replied, while there is a lot of progress being made, especially as compared to the past, it is still slow and Read more…

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