What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz
Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.


But just what is this thing called a new economy, and how might it take shape in America? In What Then Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like—and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer's darkroom, already taking shape.


He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely—and something entirely American.


Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.


For the growing group of Americans pacing at the edge of confidence in the old system, or already among its detractors, What Then Must We Do? offers an elegant solution for moving from anger to strategy.

 

About Gar Alperovitz

See more books from this Author
Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative. He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King's College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz's numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History , and other academic and popular journals. His most recent book is The Community Wealth Solution, published in 2013. Dr. Alperovitz is also author of America Beyond Capitalism (a new edition of which appeared in 2011), The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb , published in 1995, the 2002 book, Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), and the 2008 book Unjust Deserts (with Lew Daly).
 
Published May 1, 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for What Then Must We Do?

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Any cure for America's economic plight lies deeper than politics as usual, argues an author who believes that a fundamental, radical, systemic transformation offers the possibility of an economic corrective.

Mar 03 2013 | Read Full Review of What Then Must We Do?: Straig...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Alperovitz (America Beyond Capitalism), a University of Maryland political economist and cofounder of the Democracy Collaborative, transcends simple political disenchantment to examine the intertwinin

Mar 11 2013 | Read Full Review of What Then Must We Do?: Straig...

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Any cure for America's economic plight lies deeper than politics as usual, argues an author who believes that a fundamental, radical, systemic transformation offers the possibility of an economic corrective.

Apr 17 2013 | Read Full Review of What Then Must We Do?: Straig...

Los Angeles Review of Books

Though Graeber prefers “mafia capitalism,” the term proposed by French philosopher Alain Badiou — “capitalo-parliamentarism” — better encapsulates the antidemocratic forces to which Graeber objects.

Jul 14 2013 | Read Full Review of What Then Must We Do?: Straig...

Reader Rating for What Then Must We Do?
77%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 50 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×