Life After Capitalism begins at naught and ends with what you will hopefully agree is a compelling vision for a new economy, including description and argument for values and for main or defining institutions and rebuttal of criticisms. The idea is participants should end up able to compellingly answer what do you want instead of capitalism for the economy. The main areas addressed are production, consumption, and allocation including current and preferred future institutions. Thus on the one hand private ownership, top down decision making, corporate divisions of labor, and markets and central planning for allocation, and on the other hand collective ownership, self management, balanced job complexes, and participatory planning for allocation. Each week has a video lecture, a different text lecture covering the same overall material but more formally, and often some extra totally optional reading, such as interviews, debates, etc. No prior background is necessary.
Michael is a long time activist, writer, and organizer known primarily for his affiliation with Z Communications and his original writing on and support for Participatory Economics and Participatory Society. He has written hundreds of articles, over twenty books, one novel, one screenplay, and has initiated numerous institutions and projects. Especially germane for SSCC, he has taught in diverse settings from universities to prisons, online and offline, and is one of the hosts of the school School for Social and Cultural Change (SSCC)..
PreviewBrief Introduction to Life After Capitalism(About 500 words)
StartVideo Introduction to Life After Capitalism (About 3.5 minutes) (3:26)
StartExtra Video really really optional - Vince Emanuele Interviews Albert about Parecon - Overview (About 2 hours)
StartExtra Video really really really optional - Vince Emanuele interviews Albert about Parecon - Allocation (about 1.5 hours)
StartVideo Lecture 1a: Why Vision (Read from a script about 18 minutes) (17:55)
StartText Lecture 1a: Why Vision? (About 4,000 words)
StartVideo Lecture 1b: What is an Economy (Spontaneous) (29:04)
StartText Lecture 1b: What Is An Economy? (About 3,000 words) (29:04)
StartWeekly Zoom Meeting (Click for Invite)
Frequently Asked Questions
I look forward to meeting you and to sharing time in Zoom sessions, and addressing comments you post under lectures and other materials. If you are moved to sign up for the course, you will notice there are three prices: $60, $100, and $150 you can choose from. The funds for all SSCC courses go overwhelmingly to the faculty person, in this case me, with a percent going as well to SSCC. Even our high price, for those able to assist us by paying it, is quite low by online course standards. So we hope those who can afford to pay the basic or higher price will opt to do so, but we will also be profoundly grateful to and happy about participation by all who have to instead opt for the low price. If even the $60 for eight weeks and permanent access is more than you can manage, feel free to write me at [email protected] and I will try to intervene and help.
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