“If you counted poverty the way every other nation in the world counts it a quarter of our society is in poverty,” says political economist Gar Alperovitz. So why is it then, that Alperovitz also says we may be witnessing the pre-history of the next American Revolution? What’s up?
Alperovitz believes that the storm of failure we’re witnessing creates pain but also possibility. When states and cities have “no answers” new ideas and new experiences have a chance to insert themselves into the mix. Indeed, look a little deeper than the money media tend to, and the US economy isn’t so singular as one might think. In fact, far from one “economy” we live in a “checkerboard” of systems, some of which look a whole lot like socialism. What’s hotel socialism? Find out in this conversation about Alperovitz’s latest book What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, which comes out later this month from Chelsea Green. And read the full transcript at Truthout.org