Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Parecon: Life After Capitalism, By Michael Albert

Verso: 2003. Free online book.

Some info on Michael Albert, Robin Hahnel, and Participatory Economics. Can't vouch for these Wikipedia entries; feel free to do your own research. Albert went to MIT and founded Znet (the bottom of his bio includes three audio courses, which might be a more painless way of getting the lowdown); Hahnel went to Harvard and teaches at American University.

For those who want more mathematical and economics-related material, see this free online book, by Albert and Robin Hahnel, The Political Economy of Particpatory Economics: (Princeton: 1991). Downloadable, too.

Hahnel's latest book, Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation, seems aimed at the general reader (Routledge: 2005). Doesn't seem to be available for free online.

This entire post is aimed at: "So, we know what we don't like -- what do we do now?" It looks as though this notion has been percolating for twenty years. I don't know much about it, but I'm looking into it.

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