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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:37 am 
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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/17/1327211

From SDS to Life After Capitalism: Z Mag Founder Michael Albert on Activism, "Parecon" and a Model for a Participatory Society
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AMY GOODMAN: Explain parecon.

MICHAEL ALBERT: Capitalism is a horrific system. Capitalism is a system that breeds an environment in which dignity is robbed, in which people are out -- nice guys finish last, in the words of a famous American baseball coach, or in my more aggressive formulation, garbage rises, meaning it's a competitive environment in which you care about others, you suffer. If you violate others, you advance. It's an environment in which there's about 30 million poor people. There's about seven million homeless people and seven million empty hotel rooms. There's war, and so on.

And the question for me was always, starting right at the beginning in 1968, ’67: what do we replace it with? If we're about changing this fundamentally, then we have to be about not just better values, people controlling their own lives, equity, justice, diversity, solidarity, we have to be about institutions that would make those values real. So parecon or participatory economics is a model --


We do have our good angels among us, but we also have to look for them. Democracy Now! does a great job of finding them...

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Great article. I heard it and wanted to post it too, but my computer was down for a few days. Glad you posted it dori. Right down our alley.

This site http://www.zmag.org/ has great writers and articles. Updated daily, it gives issues and talking points that help us better understand our constantly changing lives and worldviews.

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Way back when it first started I used to subscribe to Z Magazine. That is when I could do things like back good causes. It was always a great mag, glad it still is today.

I will bookmark the site, DO.g's.

Glad your computer is back--and you are too.

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