David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz have been thinking, writing and speaking about capitalism for decades. David Harvey is a widely cited author of, among other things, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, Gar Alperovitz is co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, and a member of the board of directors for the New Economics Institute (NEI). He’s also an author, most recently of What Then Must We Do, in which he lays out proposals for democratizing wealth and building an alternative economy.
Unless you happen to be one of those who thinks our current economy is doing great and all is hunky-dory in the world of work and money and human relations, you’ll have a good idea why I invited these two talk with me and with each other. What follows is a softly edited transcript of a one-of-a kind conversation. While they had been working on parallel tracks, they’d never met.
Is the Left struggling in the right places? Are we making the right mistakes?
Says Alperovitz:“The crisis is severe enough that you cannot solve the problem the old way.”
Says Harvey: “People are often thinking about remedies for… Continue reading »