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Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the…

Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (2008)

by Chris Spannos (Editor)

Other authors: Ezequiel Adamovsky (Contributor), Michael Albert (Contributor), Jessica Azulay (Contributor), Paul Burrows (Contributor), Noam Chomsky (Contributor)27 more, John J Cronan, Jr. (Contributor), Marcus Denton (Contributor), Brian Dominick (Contributor), Barbara Ehrenreich (Contributor), Mark Evans (Contributor), Richard W. Franke (Contributor), Jerry Fresia (Contributor), Madeline Gardner (Contributor), Andrej Grubacic (Contributor), Robin Hahnel (Contributor), Brian Kelly (Contributor), Pat Korte (Contributor), Mandisi Majavu (Contributor), Dave Markland (Contributor), Matt McBride (Contributor), Cynthia Peters (Contributor), Lloyd Philbrook (Contributor), Justin Podur (Contributor), Nikos Raptis (Contributor), Marla Renn (Contributor), Joshua Kahn Russell (Contributor), Anders Sandstrom (Contributor), Lydia Sargent (Contributor), Stephen R. Shalom (Contributor), Mitchell Szczepanczyk (Contributor), Marie Trigona (Contributor), Tom Wetzel (Contributor)

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This anthology is huge, so I suffered from serious essay burnout by the end and wound up skimming or skipping many of them. I feel like there was a lot of repetition of the main themes which was ultimately boring. But still, a lot of great info in this book and some really interesting essays. ( )
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To the innocence, curiosity, and wonder of early childhood, before society's defining institutions warp and corrupt.

To youth resistance and rebellion - another world is possible!

To all adults struggling to change the world, living lives knowing everything is broken while new and better lives are waiting.

To older folks and those before them whose struggles offer lessons so we may stand on their shoulders to grab victory.

To human consciousness and potential waiting within, sometimes impatiently, for liberation.

To all revolutionaries everywhere and the lessons their efforts offer so we may win a new society and world.
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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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