If nothing else is clear about this years Presidential election, it’s certain that not only our economy, but our current forms of capitalism are going to be on trial. From the early rhetoric of the campaign, to the Occupy and Tea Party movements; the success of Ron Paul, even a recent piece by Lawrence Summers in the Financial Times assessing that state of capitalism, prove that our current systems and institutions are seeing pressure as never before. But how will all of this play out? Will we be asking the right questions and will the politics keep up with the reality of technology and our changing and interconnected world?
These are just some of the questions as by University of Maryland Professor Gar Alperovitz in his new book America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy. My conversation with Gar Alperovitz