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Gar Alperovitz on the coming Great Transformation

photo of Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens
18th July 2012


This keynote for the U.S. Greens presidential candidates nomination congress is one of the best political speeches I have heard in a longtime, and worth watching for the insights into political change dynamics. The Greens may get a lot of traction as third party after #obamafail.

Details from Democracy Now:

“At the Green Party’s 2012 National Convention in Baltimore over the weekend, Massachusetts physician Jill Stein and anti-poverty campaigner Cheri Honkala were nominated the party’s presidential and vice-presidential contenders. We air the convention’s keynote address delivered by Gar Alperovitz, a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Alperovitz is the author of, “America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy.” In his remarks, Alperovitz stressed the importance of third-party politics to challenge a corporate-run society. “Systems in history are defined above all by who controls the wealth,” Alperovitz says. “The top 400 people own more wealth now than the bottom 185 million Americans taken together. That is a medieval structure.”

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One Response to “Gar Alperovitz on the coming Great Transformation”

  1. Julia Says:

    Alperovitz is correct. The capitalist system is on its last legs. The time is now to build a free society, since we don’t know what new system will emerge out of this one if we don’t.

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