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Building Bridges: The Next Economic System with Gar Alperovitz and Ed Whitfield

 



Originally posted in Internet Archive on June 13, 2015.

Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report

National Edition
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Getting Serious About the Next Economic System 
With 
Gar Alperovitz, author, What Then Must We Do? and The Next 
American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State 
Socialism

In an era when systemic critique of the economic and political institutions of the United States is poised on the edge of mainstream consciousness: the realities of a changing climate, an irrationally destructive financialized economic system, a long and steady historical trajectory concentrating political power along with wealth, are becoming impossible to ignore. How can we consciously come together around this opportunity to offer a coherent vision of what a "next system" might look like? Gar Alperovitz is a leading proponent and practician of local socialized Alternatives to the current economic system. He here summarized some of the Concrete experiments in social change happening and being proposed across the country including Worker cooperatives, municipal and state economic enterprises, state and municipal banks, land trusts, and single payer health insurance and lays out a new initiative to expand visibility and support for an alternative economic system: The Next System Project : New Political-Economic Possibilities for the 21st Century. 
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The Building Blocks for a Just Economic System
with 
Ed Whitfield, Co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic 
Communities speaks and writes on issues of cooperatives and 
economic development while continuing to be interested in issues 
of war and peace, as well as education and social responses to 
racism and is active in the call by the Southern Grassroots 
Economies Project (SGEP) to develop a Southern Reparations 
Loan Fund 

More and more people are disenfranchised from and disenchanted by our 
economic system with its long and steady historical trajectory concentrating 
political power along with wealth amongst the few, and a monstrous 
apparatus of prisons and policing that are increasingly prevalent. And, Ed 
Whitfield is one of the theoreticians/activists who offers us a coherent vision of what building a "next system" might look like. Whitfield talks about his work in the South and beginning to build for a far for equal and justice society. 
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