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Michael Albert

Profile Information
Date Joined: 15th February 2012
Gender: Male
Birthday: 8th April 1947
Chapters: United States > Massachusetts > Falmouth
Bio:

I work at Z Communications - mostly on the online aspects. I have been involved in the left since the middle 1960s. I write, speak, do media, and organize activities, mainly. I am a member of IOPS.

Social Network Links: beta.iopsociety.org
Other Political Affiliations: IOPS / ZCom
Blogs

A Path?

  I have been absent from IOPS for awhile due to work and health issues. On the other hand, I am not sure what beyond an article or two I would have been doing, even if I had had more time to give.   IOPS began. It inaugurated an…

IOPS for You?

This is an article written for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24, also appearing on ZNet, and likely Telssur Spanish as well. Over two years back, a poll about features that a new revolutionary international organization…

An Article I am working on for Z

This is a draft of an article I am preparing, that would appear on the new Telsur English - and ZNet - and I guess anywhere else anyone wants to post it.  If you have any suggestions, let me know. It is not finished...   Join IOPS?…

Now What?

  Do you feel that we should remove or retain the conditions we earlier set for holding a founding convention?  Do you agree that operating chapters should take initiative in coming events, whether planning a convention (agenda, procedures…

Dear Hope

Who the hell is Hope? Hope is, hopefully, you. But, if you are over 50, or perhaps over 40, maybe even over 30, getting into the Hope column is likely to depend on folks younger than you prodding you along and even providing paths for you to…

How Now Brown Cow?

The title comes, says wikipedia, from an example of elocution. Don't ask, I have no idea what that is about. In the public vernacular, however, the phrase came to mean, "what's next," in  a light hearted tone. And that is my meaning…

IOPS Host IOPSSocial?

Below is an interview I did for UTNE Reader about FaceLeft. There are various other accounts available online, of course. FaceLeft is a social networking system meant to federate progressive organizations from all over the world,…

From Each, To Each - Yet Again

A difficult dispute divides some libertarians who advocate "from each according to ability; to each according to need" and other libertarians who advocate participatory economics but reject the idea of "from each to each." Can we clarify or…

Lenny, Ana, and Us

Let's assume that a particular Leninist, Lenny, and a particular Anarchist, Ana, each sincerely want to attain a truly classless society. They do not represent all Leninists, or all Anarchists, but at least Lenny and Ana amicably agree…

Ten Years On...

There have been quite a few and may well be more essays written about the massive antiwar demonstrations held ten years ago, February 15. Some of the essays take the form - "anti war, what is it good for, absolutely nothing." Others take the…

A Call for International Actions

  This was initiated by others - but I signed on - and I hope others will, as well.                                           …

ICC Report - Decision Methods and First Poll

The IOPS ICC has voted overwhelmingly for two proposals, included below, minimally adapted in light of ICC and member comments as discussions proceeded. The first proposal is about decision making until a convention. A new procedure was proposed…

A Compromise Way to Proceed

We need to proceed. We can't continue in endless debate, but must begin to move forward. I propose that in light of the last set of ICC replies to preconvention conditions, and the online discussions that have since occurred, we send the following…

A Proposal For Proceeding

I would like to try to summarize two broad views about how IOPS should proceed - and also to express my own preference.We have about 3,000 members. Given the absence of local chapters for most members and that only a virtual handful of members…

Convention Plan...

The message that appears at the end of this blog, below the broken line, was sent to the current Interim Consultative Committee of IOPS which is 62 people.The following ICC members replied - Ria Julian, Perveez Hoodbhoy, Ann Ferguson, Paul…

IOPS Program Possibilities

  On a recent speaking trip I repeatedly encountered the query, what is IOPS doing? What can I do by way of IOPS if I join that I cannot do as or more easily without joining? What is the IOPS program for me to plug into?   I admit,…

IOPS and ZSocial

  Many IOPS members have already signed up to try out ZSocial and help test and improve it. Hopefully, those in that group, if you haven't already, will upload a profile photo, contact/friend various folks, try out the Media feeds, join…

Occupy Strategy

The third Volume of the Three Volume set Fanfare for the Future - is now available. So, all three are. They are all on Amazon as ebooks. They will soon be available as IBooks for the IPad, too. But to get the print book, you have…

2,650 & Convention Conditions

This brief blog refines some earlier suggestions in light of discussions that are occuring in the forums, and also in comments under the earlier blog. New Proposal for how to arrive at a shared campaign: That between now and November 15, in…

2,500 and Climbing...

  IOPS has passed 2,500 members. To me this seems like a milestone. Put succinctly, if in the next three months each current member successfully recruits one new member who is fully cognizant of and supports the IOPS commitments - and…

Status Report - How About A Fanfare for Fanfare!

  Isn't "Status Report" pretty much what  they call an update about what you are up to, on Facebook? I think it is. At any rate, here is what I am up to - which, at the moment, may actually be of interest to IOPS members. First, I…

Reacting to a Review

There was a review that appeared on a Cambridge, England feminist blog system July 3, (I was just pointed to it by a friend) that was very strongly critical of the two Occupy books that are so far available, for reasons which, if they were…

Organizing To Win A Better World

  An Interview conducted by D.J. Buschini of Occupy Bostonrepublished here as it appeared in the Boston Occupier   Michael Albert is a leading critic on political economy, U.S. foreign policy, and the mass media. A veteran writer…

Open Letter About IOPS

The following is being sent to many people and institutions. Anyone in IOPS can send it, as well, to media yo uappreciate, and it is likely to help a lot.   Hello,We the signers of the open letter from Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Boaventura…

IOPS Success?!

  Different people will have different ideas about what the International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS), which is only three and a half months old, would need to accomplish for its members to have reason to celebrate…

My Participation

A number of people have raised questions about my participation in IOPS. What is it, what is my reasoning on it, and is it excessive or otherwise harmful? I don't think we should focus on individuals, typically, but I understand the concerns,…

Odd Shared Experience and Confusion

    I recently had an interesting interchange with a friend, also on the ICC of IOPS, as I am. I asked if he had been trying to recruit and he replied that yes, he had been talking to and writing various contacts. So I asked how it…

Occupy IOPS

  This is an article I published on ZNet. It is another in the flurry of pieces trying to make a case that folks on the left should give IOPS a look...   Occupy this and that - by which I mean the Occupy Movement writ large - is still,…

Dazed and Confused - and Concerned

The Occupy Theory, Vision, and Strategy projects, have, as I write, respectively 50, 55, and 84 participants. The minimum goal for each, before they will begin in full fashion including extensive author involvement, is 100, so we are by that…

Writing to friends...

I just sent an email to a large number of folks from my address book. I hope others will do similarly...to their friends, contacts, etc. I don't use Facebook and other social media, but that is another place to communicate in a similar manner.…

Imagine a Stadium

Imagine we were to assemble in one massive stadium everyone who favors changing societies to attain political, economic, and social justice for all. Everyone who wants to end war and poverty and begin civilization. What views would this endlessly…

What Can Members Do?

A lot of folks in IOPS are wondering, what can we do? We have joined. Now what? In partial answer, here are some views that I have heard and some reactions to them, as well as some views that I myself favor and reasons why. Some people say: …

Schechter Interviews Albert on New Organization

Schechter: Why iops... What is it? Who is in it? Is it a new type of think tank? What are its goals and values? Why are people taking part?   Albert: IOPS, International Organization for a Participatory Society, is an effort to gather…

Why Some People Say No to Joining IOPS…

Updated- April 17 In trying to bring IOPS to the attention of Z Sustainers I write to, and along with urging them to visit the site, I have asked that those who haven't gone to the site, or who have gone and decided against joining, drop me…

Replying to Libcom

Since the article from libcom about Parecon Remuneration appeared here, on iops, and I have written a reply for ZNet, I thought I might as well cross post it here, as well...   So, here it is...     Recently an essay criticizing…

IOPS and Facebook and ...

  Recently I noticed and clicked the Facebook links that appear on IOPS blog posts, and on some chapter pages as well, for sharing content on Facebook or for just going to the IOPS Facebook page. I did likewise for a Twitter link, and…

1,000 Members of IOPS - What Next?

I wrote the following blog in the IOPS blog system. Placed on IOPS, it was a suggestion regarding activity for current IOPS members. Placed here, in the ZNet blog system, it serves as a report of some of what is happening in IOPS. I hope other…

Growth and Some Worries

Well, IOPS is off the ground... at last. What will cause it to grow greatly - and what early dangers do we face? I think - who knows, but I am guessing - that perhaps the main thing affecting growth, at this point, given that the description…

Imagine an Organization and Build It

Imagine a better future. In your country of the future the economy is classless and promotes solidarity, diversity, equity, and self management. The polity generates and works according to participatory democracy and self management. It is…

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Occupy Theory Explorations

The Occupy Theory PDF Ebook and print versions will be available later…   WELCOME!    If you are interested in joining this project, in a day or so your request will be processed…

Occupy Vision Explorations

Occupy Vision PDF Ebook and print versions will be available later…   WELCOME!    If you are interested in joining this project, in a day or so your request will be processed and…

Occupy Strategy Explorations

This project will be like the Occupy Theory and Occupy Vision projects - but in this case bearing on the third volume of Fanfare for the Future, Occupy Strategy. As that book is still in process, and…

Occupy Theory Audiobook

Project designed to provide readers with a lack of time yet another way of enjoying the books "Occupy Theory" and "Occupy Vision".

Michael Albert European IOPS Speaking tour

This November Michael Albert will be travelling to Europe for an IOPS speaking tour. It's a unique chance for IOPS members in Europe to arouse interest for IOPS and at the same time learn how to become…