Participatory Economics: A Social Plan For Life After Capitalism

As a college instructor, at some point in my classes I ask my students “Do you think you and the other workers could run your workplace without your boss?” Surprisingly, more than half say they can. But where their eyes glaze over is when I ask them “Do you think you could coordinate your efforts with workers in other areas into some kind of confederation?”

Michael Albert has written a book that spells out in detail how things could be coordinated. He deals with such topics as “should people be entitled to parental inheritance”; “is it possible to coordinate exchange of products without money”; “is it possible to use money without it becoming capitalism” as well as “how workplaces could be run without bosses”. The linked article is just a taste of what is in his book.

Read more in Portside

About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

View all posts by Bruce Lerro →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *