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(en) US, NYC, Life After Capitalism - SDS* event

Date Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:52:29 +0300

Is there a participatory and democratic alternative to capitalism? Is a
classless society possible? ---- Wednesday, September 17 from 4:00pm - 5:50pm
66 W. 12th St. Room 518 newschoolsds {AT} riseup.net ----- Join the Students for
a Democratic Society (SDS) on Wednesday, September 17th for an evening
discussion on market capitalism, central planning, and the participatory
economic alternative. This event will be a follow-up to our event "Students &
Revolution" (to be held on Tuesday, September 16th). ----- Speakers from SDS
will start the conversation by providing a historical overview of the
non-capitalist economic systems that have been built, while political economist
Michael Albert will discuss Participatory Economics, a proposed economic system
that is an alternative to both market capitalism and central planning that comes
directly out of the libertarian socialist tradition.

"Are we being utopian? It is utopian to expect more from a system than it can
possibly deliver. To expect equality and justice ­ or even rationality ­ from
capitalism is utopian. To expect social solidarity from markets, or
self-management from central planning, is equally utopian. To argue that
competition can yield empathy or that authoritarianism can promote initiative or
that keeping most people from decision-making can employ human potential most
fully: these are utopian fantasies without question. But to recognize human
potentials and to seek to embody their development into a set of economic
institutions and then to expect those institutions to encourage desirable
outcomes is no more than reasonable theorizing. What is utopian is not planting
new seeds but expecting flowers from dying weeds." - Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel

Be there Wednesday, September 17th!
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative network
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