Capitalism is in its dying days… but what might follow? Gar Alperovitz offers some pointers as to what he calls these ‘pre-revolutionary’ days.
Gar Alperovitz Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution
Published on Aug 29, 2013
May 30 2013 Gar Alperovitz speaks about why the time is right for a revolutionary, new-economy movement — what it would mean to democratize the ownership of wealth, what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one, and more. What people may be surprised to find out is that this revolution is already well under way in the United States with organizations like worker owned cooperatives, credit unions and local currency collectives already taking up a huge portion of the economy. The renowned historian, economist, activist, and writer, is presently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. His latest book is What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution. Cameras by Todd Boyle and J Glenn Evans
Panel of leading economists discuss and debate the true state of the economy and the lies underpinning the Government’s austerity programme.
The panel includes:
Owen Jones, Journalist
James Meadway, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation
Ann Pettifor, Prime Economics
Micheal Burke, Economist
Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT
This economic briefing was recorded just a few days ahead of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement… but none of the panellists came close to anticipating the level of hubris, triumphalism and double-dealing that accompanied the Osborne Autumn Statement. It was a truly breath-taking performance!
Find out the real effects and intent of austerity that George Osborne and the Government don’t want you to know…
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity – Economic Briefing – 27.11.14
When natural resources like timber, water and mineral deposits can be extracted from ecosystems, they become assets with dollar values that can be bought and sold internationally and enable developing countries to grow and participate in the global economy. If growth is the key to emerging from poverty, then this might seem like a good thing. But what if these same resources being sold to richer nations come from an ecosystem that people depend on for their livelihood? What if new growth is actually proportional to the creation of new poverty?
The cult of ‘growth’ has dictated policy for decades. But if well-being, not growth, is our goal, selling resources that bring long term wellbeing to communities for short term gain is a very bad deal. Hard as it may be for the West to understand, protecting the ecological resources of communities might be more important than GDP figures.
Vandana Shiva holds a PhD in physics, but is best known as an environmental, and anti-globalisation activist and as a leading figure of ‘ecofeminism.’ Shiva is based in India and is the author of over twenty books, including Staying Alive and Biopiracy. She is a former recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.
Chair: Simran Sethi is an award-winning Indian American journalist. She is currently undergoing a research fellowship at the University of Melbourne in Australia on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system.
MP3 & SHOW NOTES: http://themindrenewed.com/interviews/… TPP, TTIP, TAFTA, TISA, ISDS? What does all this acronym soup of so-called “international trade agreements” mean for you and me? Nothing less, maintains our guest David Malone, than the Death of Democracy.
Warning us that these prosaically named and apparently benign “agreements” presage the effective takeover of nation states by global corporations, David Malone explains why he nevertheless believes there is still hope: if only we will leave behind the solutions of the past, and “fight the peace” together.
In a career spanning nearly twenty years, independent film-maker and author David Malone has produced and directed documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4. His series Testing God was short-listed for the Royal Television Society best documentary series. In 2008, his production for the BBC, High Anxieties – The Mathematics of Chaos, was among the first documentaries to be made about the current financial crisis. He is is also author of the highly-regarded book The Debt Generation published in 2010, which critiqued the scandalous bailing out of the banks and the effete political system that allowed that to happen.