Michael Albert (US)

Written by Kalle Pakkala on March 19, 2009.



Michael Albert is one of the United States’ leading authorities on political economy, U.S. economic policies, and the media. A veteran writer/activist, he currently works with ZCom/Znet.

Schooled in the new left and anti-Viet Nam war movements and an activist ever since, Albert primarily focuses on matters of movement-building, strategy and vision, creating alternative media, and developing and advocating the economic vision called participatory economics (“Parecon” for short).

Albert has authored sixteen books — including Parecon: Life After Capitalism (Verso) and Thought Dreams: Radical Theory for the 21st Century (Arbeiter Rin) as well as his classics Looking Forward (with Robin Hahnel) and Stop the Killing Train, both available from South End Press.

He recently penned a memoir, Remembering Tomorrow: From the SDS to Life After Capitalism. In Remembering Tomorrow, Albert charts his own trajectory as the child of a middle class suburban New York family to his political awakening on a Boston campus as revolution and dissent seized the nation. His story is one of swimming against the tide, when it turned against the iconoclasm and tumult of the Sixties, and continuing on with his part in the project for economic justice and social change.

Albert has extensive organizing experience, has written hundreds of articles, and has spoken at venues all over the world and throughout the United States. His ideas are both accessible and provocative. His perspective combines attention to race, gender, power, and class, and pursues equity, diversity, solidarity, and self-management. He speaks on movement matters, anti-war, globalization, media, and particularly economic vision for the future.

Participatory Economics (Parecon) alt.econ.cult - summary of speaker biographies & statements

03. April 10:00 Kiasma Theatre Alternative Economy Cultures seminar
05. April 15:00 Demos Helsinki Office Workshop about Peer-Fundraising


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