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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Education

This is a draft of a possible chapter, giving a broad idea of what they might be like…again, only a draft. Parecon and Education Part of education is intrinsic and oriented to the individual. To think about education starting with the student, we examine the process of conveying information and skills and developing talents in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Parecon Overview

This would be an opening chapter of this possible new book, summarizing parecon itself. Remember, these are merely drafts I am sharing in the blog…looking for some reactions. Parecon: An Overview Participatory economics, or parecon for short, is a proposal for the defining features of a post capitalist economy. Economies incorporate an almost infinite array Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Possible Intro

I am thinking about the possibility of a new book perhaps entitled Parecon and Society. It would be about what having a parecon would mean for the rest of society, beyond the economy. I am curious if people think such a book would be useful. I am also curious who might best write its various Read more…

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Michael Albert: Replying to a Review

Recently I got an email telling me about a review of a book of mine, Looking Forward (SEP 1991) linked on the theory page of Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (http://www.syndicalist.org/theory/parecon1.shtml) I read it and was rather surprised by some of the content, and so I thought I would write some reactions here, even though I think it Read more…

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Michael Albert: Economics and Parecon

A second interview for Polish publication… 1) Many economists, for example L. Mises and other austrian economists, think that private ownership of means of production is a necessity. They argue that without private ownership of means of production economic calculation is impossible because means of production (like machines and others) don’t have prices so it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: Market Madness

I was asked to do an email interview by a friend from Poland, for publication there, dealing with a rising tide of market ideology among Polish economists. Since it bears on issues of parecon, I thought I might as well convey it here, as well… 1) In Poland a growing number of economists are in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Answering a Comment

In general, I cannot pledge I will relate to all comments, even all questions, posted to the blogs. There is only so much time available. However…. One of the comments I found said I “seem to start with a basic split between Producers and Consumers which requires an economic system to relate the two.” Actually, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: India Today

It’s important to bear in mind that there are two quite different Indias. There is the high tech India in Hyderabad, which Thomas Friedman raves about in his odes to “globalization” — meaning, the neoliberal version of investor-rights-based international economic integration.. I’ve been there in the scientific research centers too, and what he says is Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey in the World

Turkey’s human rights record has been awful, though it has been improving, as commentators routinely point out. But that overlooks a rather important fact: Turkey’s crimes against its own population, particularly Kurds, rely crucially on (1) massive US military support and (2) the cowardice and dishonesty of the intellectual classes (including the media) which refuse Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The SU and the Arms Race

Questioner: Given that the arms race was a disaster for the Soviet Union economically and of little advantage militarily, why did the USSR engage in it? What it did to them economically is exactly what Khrushchev predicted, and presumably what JFK and his advisers had in mind when they turned down Khrushchev’s call for sharp Read more…

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