Clarifying the ‘Edges’ of Participatory Economics: An Anti-Blueprint ‘Blueprint’, and an Anti-Sectarian ‘Instruction’ | Michael Albert
The Centre for Postcapitalist Civilisation, mέta, presents Michael Albert’s mέta Working Paper entitled Clarifying the ‘Edges’ of Participatory Economics: An Anti-Blueprint ‘Blueprint’, and an Anti-Sectarian ‘Instruction’ (accessible here), an addendum to the “Towards (a Better) Postcapitalism: A Handy How-To Guide” series under “Allocation.”
mέta Working Papers’ series “Towards (a Better) Postcapitalism: A Handy How-To Guide” publishes solicited policy papers on aspects of how would a non-dystopian postcapitalism look like. The series focuses on three ‘pillars’:
Production | Allocation | Decision Making
i.e., how could/would postcapitalist production be like (and who would own the means of production), what shape would the allocation of goods take (and which alternatives to the market economy may be explored), and what would be the main tenets of postcapitalist decision making and democracy.
In this paper, Michael Albert revisits certain aspects of PARECON (‘participatory economics’) as a viable postcapitalist model.
(Earlier additions to the “Towards (a Better) Postcapitalism: A Handy How-To Guide” series include Professor Robin Hahnel’s paper on Participatory Planning, Michael Albert’s paper on Postcapitalist Decision Making and on Postcapitalist Work: Balanced Jobs and Equitable Remuneration, and Professor Stephen R. Shalom paper Decision-Making in a Good Society: The Case for Nested Councils.)
Michael Albert is a founder and current member of the staff of Z Magazine as well as staff of Z Magazine’s web system: ZCom. He is a member of mέta’s Advisory Board. Albert’s radicalization occurred during the 1960s. His political involvements, starting then and continuing to the present, have ranged from local, regional, and national organizing projects and campaigns to co-founding South End Press, Z Magazine, the Z Media Institute, and ZNet, and to working on all these projects, writing for various publications and publishers, giving public talks, etc. Albert is the author of 21 books. Most recently these include: No Bosses: A New Economy for a Better World (Zero Books, 2021), Fanfare for the Future (ZBooks), Remembering Tomorrow (Seven Stories Press), Realizing Hope (Zed Press) and Parecon: Life After Capitalism (Verso).