Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century

Overview

What if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society’s defining institutions—those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology—were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on self-management, equity, solidarity, and diversity? Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.

Instead of simply declaring “another world is ...

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Overview

What if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society’s defining institutions—those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology—were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on self-management, equity, solidarity, and diversity? Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.

Instead of simply declaring “another world is possible,” the writers in this collection engage with what that world would look like, how it would function, and how our commitment to just outcomes is related to the sort of institutions we maintain. Topics include: participatory economics, political vision, education, architecture, artists in a free society, environmentalism, work after capitalism, and poly-culturalism. The catchall phrase here is “participatory society”—one that is directly democratic and seeks institutional solutions to complex sociological and economic questions.

Contributors include: Michael Albert, Barbara Ehrenreich, Steve Shalom, Robin Hahnel, Maria Trigona, Justin Podur, Tom Wetzel, Cynthia Peters, Andrej Grubacic, and Mandisi Majavu, among others.

Chris Spannos is an activist, organizer, and anti-capitalist. He is a full-time staff member of the internationally acclaimed ZNet, a website dedicated to social change, hosting works by many of today’s leading social commentators, organizers, activists, and analysts, with 300,000 users weekly. He resides in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859789
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 1,450,216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Spannos is a full-time staff member with Z, he works primarily on the internationally acclaimed ZNet, a web site dedicated to social change hosting works by many of today's leading social commentators, organizers, activists, and analysts. In addition to Real Utopia, he is also editing Hope, Reason & Revolution for AK Press.

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Table of Contents


Introduction What Is Real Utopia? Chris Spannos Spannos, Chris 3 Pt. 1 Defining Spheres of a Participatory Society Ch. 1 Parecon Today Chris Spannos Spannos, Chris Michael Albert Albert, Michael 14 Ch. 2 Parpolity: A Political System for a Good Society Stephen R. Shalom Shalom, Stephen R. 25 Ch. 3 The Art (and Serendipity) of Kinship: Ideas About Family, Sexuality, and Caregiving in a Better World Cynthia Peters Peters, Cynthia 32 Ch. 4 Polyculturalism and the Good Society Justin Podur Podur, Justin 49 Ch. 5 Participatory Economics and the Environment Chris Spannos Spannos, Chris Robin Hahnel Hahnel, Robin 56 Pt. 2 Revolutionizing Everyday Life Ch. 6 A Call to Artists: Support Parecon Jerry Fresia Fresia, Jerry 76 Ch. 7 From Self-Managed Movements to Self-Managed City Tom Wetzel Wetzel, Tom 83 Ch. 8 Technology of the New Society Nikos Raptis Raptis, Nikos 88 Ch. 9 Participatory Planning in Life After Capitalism Barbara Ehrenreich Ehrenreich, Barbara Michael Albert Albert, Michael 95 Ch. 10 Education for a Participatory Society Chris Spannos Spannos, Chris Noam Chomsky Chomsky, Noam 106 Pt. 3 Assessing Parecon Internationally Ch. 11 Africa: Life After Colonialism Mandisi Majavu Majavu, Mandisi 112 Ch. 12 Local Planning: The Kerala Experiment Richard W. Franke Franke, Richard W. 130 Ch. 13 Participatory Balkans Andrej Grubacic Grubacic, Andrej Michael Albert Albert, Michael 136 Ch. 14 The Organization of Sac and Its Companies Anders Sandstrom Sandstrom, Anders 145 Ch. 15 Project for a Participatory Society - United Kingdom Mark Evans Evans, Mark U. K. Watch Watch, U. K. 151 Ch. 16 Fasinpat (Factory Without a Boss): An Argentine Experience in Self-Management MarieTrigona Trigona, Marie 155 Ch. 17 Venezuela's Path Michael Albert Albert, Michael 169 Pt. 4 Looking Backward, Looking Forward: History's Lessons for the Future Ch. 18 Workers' Power and the Russian Revolution Tom Wetzel Wetzel, Tom 182 Ch. 19 The Spanish Anarchists, Through a Participatory Lens Dave Markland Markland, Dave 194 Ch. 20 Winnowing Wheat From Chaff: Social Democracy and Libertarian Socialism in the 20th Century Robin Hahnel Hahnel, Robin 204 Pt. 5 Theory and Practice: Institutions and Movement Building Ch. 21 The Making of South End Press and Z Lydia Sargent Sargent, Lydia 264 Ch. 22 Parecon and Workers' Self-Management: Reflections on Winnipeg's Mondragon Bookstore & Coffee House Collective Paul Burrows Burrows, Paul 275 Ch. 23 The Newstandard: A Parecon Workplace Is Possible Jessica Azulay Azulay, Jessica 306 Ch. 24 Vancouver Parecon Collective: Four Years of Organizing Marla Renn Renn, Marla 313 Ch. 25 Capes: The Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society Matt McBride McBride, Matt Lloyd Philbrook Philbrook, Lloyd Mitchell Szczepanczyk Szczepanczyk, Mitchell 323 Ch. 26 Doing Vision: The Austin Project for a Participatory Society Marcus Denton Denton, Marcus 330 Pt. 6 Moving Toward a Participatory Society Ch. 27 Praxis Makes Perfect: The New Youth Organizing Madeline Gardner Gardner, Madeline Joshua Kahn Russell Russell, Joshua Kahn 338 Ch. 28 Autonomous Politics and Its Problems: Thinking the Passage from Social to Political Ezequiel Adamovsky Adamovsky, Ezequiel 346 Ch. 29 U.S. Social Forum: Vision and Strategy Proposal Z. Staff Staff, Z. Marcus Denton Denton, Marcus 363 Ch. 30 Which Way for the New Left?: Social Theory, Vision, and Strategy for a Revolutionary Youth and Student Movement Pat Korte Korte, Pat Brian Kelly Kelly, Brian 364 Ch. 31 Did You Just Say Class? John J. Cronan, Jr. Cronan, John J., Jr. 373 Ch. 32 From Here to Parecon: Thoughts on Strategy for Economic Revolution Brian Dominick Dominick, Brian 380 Ch. 33 Building a Pareconish Movement Michael Albert Albert, Michael 396 Index 409
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