Publicly owned broadband lets local communities from Iowa to Louisiana control a vital economic resource—rather than leaving it in the hands of a few monopolistic corporations. The outcome of this week's FCC vote could either help or hinder the path forward.
Gar Alperovitz is the author of "What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution," and the Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland. He is co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative.
From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to a more democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.
The question of how the ownership of capital should be structured in a democratic society was raised by none other than Margaret Thatcher's authorized biographer.
The Clean Power Plan is counting on states to cut carbon emissions. Will they be the new frontiers for change?
Among the lessons of a major cooperative business' bankruptcy: The success of big co-ops might depend on things like radically reforming transportation and other parts of the larger economy.
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
All over the country, people—like the workers of Chicago’s New Era Windows—are building worker-owned cooperatives that root jobs in the communities that need them.
There’s economic reform, and then there’s economic transformation. How entrepreneurs, activists, and theorists are laying the groundwork for a very different economy.
Gar Alperovitz: Why transformative change to the economic system is needed and how it might be accomplished.
From health care to jobs to community development, why the future will be cooperative.
Beyond revolution and reform: Gar Alperovitz on how we can fundamentally transform our financial system.
Meet the people and ideas on the cutting edge of the movement for a new economy.
Rust-belt to recovery.
The Best Alternatives to Corporate Power
Social Security is in crisis, according to some. Private pension systems—like United Airlines' and Enron's are also unraveling. And Americans' rate of savings is dropping through the floor. Will you have the money to retire? Will anyone?