Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution
In his most recent book "What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution," historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz explores both the historic saliency of workers cooperatives, and their revolutionary potential for building a new economy. The United States, Alperovitz argues, is undergoing a systematic crisis where wealth is being extracted from local economies into the hands of multinationals which care very little about local stability.
Alperovitz thinks the solution to this crisis lies in worker cooperatives. And not just small workers cooperatives employing only a dozen or so people, but large networks of cooperatives.
Alperovitz explains how “new forms of ownership are important not only on their own, but also in that they begin to offer handholds on a new longer-term vision.” His vision is wide-ranging, encompassing health care, banking sector, transportation infrastructure and beyond: “We are talking here about developing institutions, not just trying to change policy. And the institutions we are talking about are directly concerned with the critical system question of who owns (and how to democratize) productive wealth.”
You can purchase the book from Chelsea Green Publishing, or check it out from your local library.