A highly accessible and unorthodox approach to thinking about economics. It subverts the elitist and codified world of academic economics by empowering the reader with the tools needed to conceptualize an economy based on progressive and humane values. It challenges the idea—so prevalent in Western capitalism—that the best we can hope for is capitalism with a happy face. And it challenges us to imagine what could be: a society based on justice, solidarity, and vision.

Albert’s work … offers valuable signposts for those who are not satisfied to contemplate a dismal future for much of humanity.

Noam Chomsky

Subject Business & Economics/Economics/Theory
Published October 1997
Price $17.95 CDN
Pages 224 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 8.5″ × 0.5″
ISBN-10 1-894037-00-6
ISBN-13 9784894037006

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About the Author

Michael Albert is one of the nation’s leading authorities on political economy, U.S. economic policies, and the media. A veteran writer/activist, he currently works with Z Magazine and the website Znet.

Schooled in the new left and anti-Viet Nam war movements and an activist ever since, Albert primarily focuses on matters of movement-building, strategy and vision, creating alternative media, and developing and advocating the economic vision called participatory economics (“Parecon” for short).

Albert has authored sixteen books — including Parecon: Life After Capitalism (Verso) and Thought Dreams: Radical Theory for the 21st Century (Arbeiter Ring) as well as his classics Looking Forward (with Robin Hahnel) and Stop the Killing Train, both available from South End Press.

Albert has extensive organizing experience, has written hundreds of articles, and has spoken at venues all over the world and throughout the United States. He ideas are both accessible and provocative. His perspective combines attention to race, gender, power, and class, and pursues equity, diversity, solidarity, and self-management. He can speak on movement matters, anti-war, globalization, media, and particularly economic vision for the future. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts.

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