Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. His latest book is What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution. Other books include America Beyond Capitalism and (with Lew Daly) Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:00pm
Growth for Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All
One economic fact is held to be self-evident: that the future well-being of the United States requires economic growth — preferably, as much of it as we can muster. Despite wildly divergent policy recommendations, this basic assumption is made clear and explicit by everyone from the fiscally...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:00pm
Can New Fed Chair Yellen Help Democratize US Economy?
On February 1, Janet Yellen becomes Chair of the Federal Reserve Board - the first woman to lead the institution in its 100-year history. She assumes her august position at a critical juncture. Immediate challenges of great importance - above all, tackling unemployment and strengthening financial regulation - confront her and the nation.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:12am
Five Years After the Big Bailout: Time to Begin Building a “New Economy”
Five years ago today, on October 3rd, 2008, the federal response to the financial crisis began with the signing into law by then President Bush of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).
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Friday, March 1, 2013 - 9:53am
Going Outside the Hospital Walls to Improve Community Health
Study after study demonstrates that poverty is a powerful driver of poor health. Many of America's leading hospitals exist in poor communities.
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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:58am
Five Possibilities for the Next Great Progressive Push
Obama’s second inaugural address opened some hope of a brighter progressive future, yet virtually all the critical economic and distributional issues were off the table—and the pain is likely to continue.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:28am
Ownership, Full Employment and Community Economic Stability
The great British economist the late Joan Robinson once observed that the only thing worse than being exploited by capitalism is not being exploited by capitalism. This truth is felt acutely by anyone who is unemployed and looking for work. As the pain of the economic crisis continues and millions struggle to find employment there is an obvious imperative to create jobs— any jobs. But we shouldn’t stop there.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:43am
Revealed: Wall Street Journal More Interested in Caviar and Foie Gras Than Employee-owned Firms
Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country.
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Monday, July 23, 2012 - 12:42pm
Don't Regulate the Banks, Nationalize Them
The Barclays interest-rate scandal, HSBC’s openness to money laundering by Mexican drug traffickers, the epic blunders at JPMorgan Chase — at this point, four years after Wall Street wrecked the global economy, does anyone really believe we can regulate the big banks? And if we broke them up, would they really stay broken up?
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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 1:14pm
A New Era for Worker Ownership?
The workers of the just-formed New Era Windows cooperative in Chicago—the same workers who sat in and forced Serious Energy to back down on a hasty shutdown of their Goose Island plant a few months ago, and famously occupied the same factory for six days in December 2008—not only are putting together a bold plan for worker ownership, they are likely to move the entire subject into national attention, thereby spurring others to follow on.
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Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 8:34am
Beyond Corporate Capitalism: Not So Wild a Dream
It’s time to put the taboo subject of public ownership back on the progressive agenda. It is the only way to solve some of the most serious problems facing the nation. We contend that it is possible not only to talk about this once forbidden subject but to begin to build a serious politics that can do what needs to be done in key sectors.
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