America Beyond Capitalism

Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

By Gar Alperovitz

America Beyond Capitalism cover
Publisher:
The Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars & Sense
Date of publication:
November 2011
Pages:
370
ISBN:
978-0-9847857-0-4
Price:
$16.95


  • Foreword to the Second Edition v
  • Introduction to the Second Edition ix
  • Preface to the First Edition xxxix
  • Acknowledgements xlvii
  • Introduction to the First Edition 1
  • Part I: The Pluralist Commonwealth: Equality, Liberty, Democracy 9
    • 1. Equality: Beyond Tax-and-Spend 14
    • 2. Liberty: Money, Time, and Real Freedom of Choice 28
    • 3. Democracy: From the Ground Up 42
    • 4. Democracy: Inequality and Giant Corporations 50
    • 5. Democracy: Is a Continent Too Large? 63
    • 6. The Pluralist Commonwealth 70
  • Part II: The Democratization of Wealth 79
    • 7. A Direct Stake In Economic Life: Worker-Owned Firms 81
    • 8. Enterprising Cities: Right, Left, and Center 90
    • 9. Building Community: Neighborhoods and Nonprofits with a Mission 99
    • 10. State and National Innovators 110
    • 11. Coda: The Democratization of Wealth and the Era of Deepening Fiscal Crisis 119
  • Part III: Local Democracy and Regional Decentralization 123
    • 12. Is Local Democracy Possible in the Global Era? 125
    • 13. Community, the Environment, and the “Nonsexist City” 137
    • 14. The Regional Restructuring of the American Continent 152
  • Part IV: Twenty-First-Century Populism 167
    • 15. The Logic of Long-Term Political Refocusing 169
    • 16. Social Security, Retirement, and Health Care 182
    • 17. A Twenty-Five-Hour Week? 197
    • 18. Beyond Super-Elites and Conspicuous Consumption: Real Ecological Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century 214
    • 19. Coda: Twenty-First-Century Populism 226
  • Part V: Toward a Morally Coherent Politics 229
  • Conclusion: The Challenge of the Era of Technological Abundance 232
  • Notes 241
  • Index 317