Distinguished historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz offers a stunning roadmap for systemic change in his new book, What Then Must We Do? Alperovitz points to efforts already underway in thousands of communities across America, from co-ops, community land trusts, and worker-owned firms, to exciting municipal and state strategies like renewable energy companies. And each initiative democratizes the wealth of a society in which 400 individuals own more than the bottom 185 million. Through such everyday activities that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability, Americans are creating a new economy—and the basis for a new progressive politics.
Alperovitz marshals years of research to show how such bottom-up approaches can work to check monopolistic corporate power, empower communities and protect the environment. The result is a highly accessible look at the current state of affairs in the U.S., and a common-sense roadmap for building a system more in sync with American values.