Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative
"The long term norm of the economy is great instability and high inequality," interview by Peter Teague
An interview with The Democracy Collaborative’s Gar Alperovitz by Peter Teague.
Peter Teague: As we go through this political-economic collapse, there is no ready alternative. And we were curious about the fact that over the past several months, and really a longer period than that, a conversation had started about alternatives to capitalism that really hadn’t been possible before, when those conversations were seen as quite marginal. Now suddenly people such as yourself are getting more attention for what you’re writing. A different conversation has been engaged, as people see that there’s a need to develop and articulate alternatives.How does the current economic crisis show up in your personal experience?
Gar Alperovitz: Well, at one level, through the usual concerns, retirement accounts and that sort of thing. But for me, the most important thing is that it is the first time in my adult lifetime that there is a serious discussion of systemic issues. I think it’s the most interesting period of modern history, and I would include in that the Depression, as well. I think there’s a temporary opening for a serious dialogue and the development of new ideas and also new strategies. I say “temporary” with some caution because I think it’ll close down a bit, but now’s the time to really get serious.
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