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Can a shared ideology unite leftist activists?

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(The text below was published before on Titas Biswas' blog The Perspectives.) Introduction Drastic change is needed now. Millions upon millions of people are denied a decent life. Our environment is being ravaged in the name of profit for a few. Natural resources are being wasted and exhausted. The emission of greenhouse gases is accelerating and seems unstoppable. Governments everywhere are increasing the surveillance of their citizens and other means of controlling the population. Many problems…

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PART 4 OF PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS: ADDRESSING CRITICISMS

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By Michael Albert (CONTINUED FROM PARTS 1,2 & 3)   Participatory Planning Will Destroy Efficiency This critic says having a participatory economy will cause our economic lives to involve too much waste of effort. We will either fail to produce what we want, or we will produce it, but with too much waste, utilizing capacities poorly, etc. This is a very fair concern which, however, does overlap with some we have already addressed. If an economy wastes our talents, energies, resources,…

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PART 4 OF PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS: ADDRESSING CRITICISMS

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By Michael Albert (CONT 1,2 & 3)   Participatory Planning Will Destroy Efficiency This critic says having a participatory economy will cause our economic lives to involve too much waste of effort. We will either fail to produce what we want, or we will produce it, but with too much waste, utilizing capacities poorly, etc. This is a very fair concern which, however, does overlap with some we have already addressed. If an economy wastes our talents, energies, resources, that is…

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PART 3 OF PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS: ADDRESSING CRITICISMS

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By Michael Albert (CONTINUED FROM PARTS 1&2)   Parecon Sacrifices Privacy and Imposes Frenzy Any economy is on at least some counts good, of course, but if that economy is really bad on other counts, it can lose much of its luster. Does parecon achieve equity and its other virtues by sacrificing people’s privacy or by imposing unreasonable pressures on people to participate when they would rather be doing other things? Parecon recognizes that economic decisions about both…

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PART 2 OF PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS PART 2: ADDRESSING CRITICISMS

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By Michael Albert  (CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS BLOG-DIDN'T SEEM TO WANT TO FIT IT ALL INTO ONE)   Parecon is Ahistorical These critics say that parecon is detached from history and displays a curious disregard for like-minded voices from the past. Albert and Hahnel write as if they have invented parecon, these critics say, but, as with all insight, it was instead a product of a synthesis of many decades, if not centuries, of anti authoritarian struggle. It is presented more like a mathematical…

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PART 1 OF PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS PART 2: ADDRESSING CRITICISMS

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Participatory Economics Part 2: Addressing Criticisms   By Michael Albert      Part One of this three part treatment of Participatory Economics discussed Origins, Heritage, and Substance of the vision. Here, in Part Two, the focus is many concerns people have raised with the vision. Here is an outline of the concerns addressed which may help you navigate since the whole essay is necessarily quite long:   Criticisms of Visions Per Se Visions Are Inevitably Dumb Vision…

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PARTICIPATORY ECONOMICS PART 1

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Participatory Economics Part 1: Origins, Heritage, and Substance   By Michael Albert  October 10, 2015 Sanders, Corbyn, Syriza, Podemos – wars, poverty, assassinations, exclusions, occupations, depredations – I have been asked to write an essay that presents the origins and heritage of participatory economics – as an alternative economic vision – and that explains the logical basis for its components, presents and addresses peoples’ problems with it,…

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WHY DO WE LOSE PART 2 - VARIOUS

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Why Do We Lose, 2   By Various Contributors  September 20, 2015Change text size: [ A+ ] / [ A- ] Posted in: Activism, Vision/Strategy | 1 comment Not long ago I published an article titled Why Do We Lose. The “we” referred to people trying to create new societies. The “lose”” referred to our not yet accomplishing that overall goal. I have been trying to contribute to that end for about 50 years. Much has happened, but one thing that has not happened, anywhere, is to transform…

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WHY DO WE LOSE - MICHAEL ALBERT

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Why Do We Lose?   By Michael Albert Source: teleSUR English  September 2, 2015Change text size: [ A+ ] / [ A- ] Posted in: Activism, Reimagining Society | Comments: 3 Financialized colonialism in Greece. Sophisticated imperialism in Latin America. Fascist policing in the U.S. High water rising everywhere. Why hasn’t the much discussed arc of history reached a desirable destination? System defenders have guns, money, lawyers, media, and…

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