America Beyond Capitalism

Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

By Gar Alperovitz

America Beyond Capitalism cover
The Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars & Sense
Date of publication:
November 2011

With a new introduction by the author and a new foreword by James Gustave Speth. As discontent with the economic and political status quo mounts in the wake of the “Great Recession”, America Beyond Capitalism is a book whose time has come. Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States. America Beyond Capitalism is a call to arms, an eminently practical roadmap for laying foundations to change a faltering system that increasingly fails to sustain the great American values of equality, liberty, and meaningful democracy.

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of numerous books, including Unjust Deserts (with Lew Daly) and Making a Place For Community (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio).

Praise for America Beyond Capitalism:

“A marvelous book...I recommend it all the time.... Concrete and feasible ways to reverse the ominous course of the past several decades and to open the way to a vibrant democracy with a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs... ”
—NOAM CHOMSKY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

America Beyond Capitalism is one of the most important books of the decade. Alperovitz provides an exceptionally fresh and insightful perspective on the challenges that plague our economy, environment and society while providing brilliant and practical solutions that we must embrace and put to work to seize a brighter future.”
—JEFFREY HOLLENDER, founder of Seventh Generation and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council

America Beyond Capitalism comes at a critical time in our history—when we all know our system isn’t working but we are not sure what can be done about it. This book takes us outside the confines of orthodox thinking, imagines a new way of living together, and then brings that vision back into reality with a set of eminently practical ideas that promise a truly democratic society.”
HOWARD ZINN, author of A People’s History of the United States

“Gar Alperovitz discovers that not only have the seeds of a legitimately democratic political economy been planted, they are bearing fruit. Addressing a range of necessary changes, from urban design to health care to the distribution of wealth, Alperovitz’s Pluralist Commonwealth is the kind of careful, well-researched, and practical alternative progressives have been seeking. And it’s more—visionary, hopeful, even inspirational. I highly recommend it.”
—JULIET SCHOR, author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth