The basic problem we have with parecon as advocated by Michael Albert is that we think he proposes blueprints for society without attempting to provide anything empirical to back up his claims. Whenever a criticism is raised, Albert’s response is to assert the beauty and elegance of his model, or to claim he has already considered this or that objection, so why are we being so critical? Of course, since the model is not functioning in the actual world, there is no evidence to falsify it, and Albert can always double down on its elegance in his ideal mindscape.
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Stories about Thinking Politically.
In 1920, Eugene Victor Debs ran for president from a cell in the federal prison in Atlanta for a speech opposing World War 1 that he gave 100 years ago – on June 18, 1918. Despite his imprisonment, Debs received 913,664 votes – 3.4 percent of the total.
In his speech, the Socialist Party leader told a packed crowd at a park in Canton, Ohio: “You need to know that you are good for something more than slavery and cannon fodder.”
It’s more than doors between government and the businesses that they supposedly regulate that go round and round. One of the other swinging doors is between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
A second door
An essay on a classic of Marxist philosophy. Unfortunately much of the World-Left has neglected to learn its' lessons.
Chantal Mouffe argues that Jeremy Corbyn represents the success of left populism.
“Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society by Michael Albert: A Review Essay”
Oakland: PM Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-62963-381-7
By Kim Scipes
Looks at new movement by people of color to build communities based on sustainable agriculture; features an interactive map of projects in a number of countries, and looks like it will be expanding
Court documents made public in Virginia and Texas give a glimpse of the systematic brutality being meted out to immigrant children in both public and private jails. Children are strapped down, hooded and beaten, or drugged by force, as part of the everyday procedure in what can only be called the American Gulag.