“... this participatory vision is what Albert successfully provides for activists and academics alike, with the hope that it will be used to inspire social projects aimed at defeating inequality and leading to people democratically managing their own lives.”—Rob Maguire, ZNet
“Parecon is a pragmatic and visionary programme that would certainly boost human freedom; we ought at least to try it out.”—Red Pepper
“an imaginative, carefully reasoned description, persistently provocative, of how we might live free from economic injustice.”—Howard Zinn
“It merits close attention, debate, and action.”—Noam Chomsky
“Albert is ideally suited to synthesizing all the strands running through the anti-capitalist movement.”—The Ecologist
“Parecon is a brave argument for ... a much needed ... more equitable, democratic, participatory ... alternative economic vision.”—Arrundhati Roy
“A historically informed and logical economic blueprint with the practicality of a hand-tool, and a vision guided by the desire to find nobility in work.”—Kirkus Reviews
“He is advocating a top to bottom economic revolution.”—Library Journal
“Capitalism not working for you? Michael Albert may be tilting at windmills, but readers are flocking to his book on a system to spread the wealth and work.”—Los Angeles Times
“an important contribution to the imaginative tools for everyone who wants to dismantle capitalism.”—International Socialism
Michael Albert helped found and establish South End Press and Z Magazine, among other institutions. A long-time activist, he now maintains Z’s internationally acclaimed web site Znet (www.zmag.org). He has written numerous books and countless articles dealing with, among other topics, economics, vision, social change, strategy, globalization, and war and peace.
Several years after first reading this I still file it under my desk for mopping up spilt tea: right wing anarchist self-justifying bulls***. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by anotherreader
Parecon attempts to defend "participatory" economics. However, only a bureaucrat could love "parecon". Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Norman Strojny
this book is well written, well researched and well thought out.
the argument against capitalism, market socialism and centrally planned economies is firmly established... Read more
In this comprehensive, well-organised argument for a meaningful post-capitalist political economy, Michael Albert critiques both free-market capitalism as well as its existing (or... Read morePublished on March 9, 2008 by Shayn Mccallum
Definitely. We cannot count on Mr. Albert's ideas to move away from capitalism.Published on April 2, 2007 by Paulo Oneto
Because there is no "before capitalism." A stupid, stupid book designed to trick people into communism.Published on November 20, 2006 by R
If you're a Hobbesian type who feels that life is brutish, short, and that people are basically animals that need to be continually monitored, goaded into working, etc. Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by E.V. Debs
Credit to Albert for exploring new ideas. A few good insights. But I haven't been able to finish.
I found the writing style tedious. Read more
It is amazing to see critics trivialize the incredible amount of evolution in economic theory that it has taken to get us to the point of a workable and equitable product that both... Read morePublished on December 7, 2003 by "blackleatherrain"