Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative
Democracy and Decentralization: UK Labour Leaders Reframe Socialism for the 21st Century
In this op-ed for Truthout, Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Next System Project director Joe Guinan discuss the propensity for true socialism in the United States, given the discussions swirling around the 2016 presidential candidates:
Bernie Sanders has made an unprecedented and extraordinary contribution to the US political landscape this election cycle. Whatever the outcome of the primaries, a whole generation has learned that talking about socialism, explicitly and proudly, is no longer as politically radioactive as once supposed. But can we not expect more from our economic populism than just knitting back together a frayed social safety net, kick-starting the engines of Keynesian demand with ecologically appropriate infrastructure and imposing some long overdue reforms on our largest financial institutions? Might the United States not be ready for a socialism that actually takes the question of “who owns the economy” seriously?