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Gar Alperovitz
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Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and Cofounder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is also a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

His forthcoming book What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution will be published by Chelsea Green Publishing in the spring of 2013. His other recent books include America Beyond Capitalism and (with Lew Daly) Unjust Deserts. He is also the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and the Atlantic among other popular and academic publications. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Associated Press, People, UPI and Mother Jones and has been a guest on numerous network TV and cable news programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Larry King Live,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Cross Fire,” and “the O’Reilly Factor.”


In addition to his media appearances, his work has been featured in TV documentaries, including two BBC programs and an ABC Peter Jennings Special on the use of the atomic bomb. As a well known policy expert, he has testified before numerous Congressional committees and lectures widely around the country.

Alperovitz received a bachelor of science degree from the university of Wisconsin; a masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in political economy as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University. After completing his studies he served as a legislative director in both houses of Congress and as a special assistant in the State Department.


He lives in Washington, DC.

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It's Time to Get Serious About Systemic Solutions to Systemic Problems

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Co-Authored By James Gustave Speth

It's getting harder and harder to be an optimist. A deep economic crisis has given way to a profoundly unequal recovery. Climate catastrophe is steadily unfolding across the globe. And the work of building a racially inclusive society appears to be stalled -- indeed, in...

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Five Years After the Big Bailout: Time to Begin Building a 'New Economy'

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Five years ago, on October 3, 2008, the federal response to the financial crisis began with the signing into law by then President Bush of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). After a half-decade of emergency measures -- including not only the bailout, but the temporary nationalization of major...

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Six Economic Steps to a Better Life and Real Prosperity for All

(7) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Most activists tend to approach progressive change from one of two perspectives: First, there's the "reform" tradition that assumes corporate control is a constant and that "politics" acts to modify practices within that constraint. Liberalism in the United States is representative of this tradition. Then there's the "revolutionary" tradition, which...

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A Checkerboard Strategy for Regaining the Progressive Initiative

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 7:06 PM

President Obama is Time magazine's "Person of the Year" -- the first Democratic president to receive two consecutive popular-vote majorities since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet these are clearly tough times for progressives. Everything progressives have fought for is seemingly on the chopping block nationally, and in many states and cities....

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Wall Street Journal More Interested in Caviar and Foie Gras Than Worker Ownership

(11) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 10:36 AM

Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country.

A vast democratized "new economy" is...

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How Big Banks Run the World -- at Your Expense

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:05 AM

The recent public banking conference held in Philadelphia offered a message that is at once so simple -- but also so bold -- it is hard for most Americans to pause long enough to understand how profoundly their thinking had been corralled by the masters of finance -- in ways...

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Beyond Corporate Capitalism: Not So Wild a Dream

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:59 AM

This article originally appeared in the June 11, 2012 issue of the Nation magazine, and was co-authored with Thomas Hanna.

It's time to put the taboo subject of public ownership back on the progressive agenda. It is the only way to solve some of the most serious problems...

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The Rise of the New Economy Movement

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:17 PM

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As our political system sputters, a wave of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly sweeping away outmoded economic models. In 'New Economic Visions', a special five-part AlterNet series edited by Economics Editor Lynn Parramore in...

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We're Now Number 77 in Income Inequality (Tied With Turkmenistan)

(152) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 6:28 PM

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen can all too easily numb, but occasionally a few very simple numbers are worth pondering a bit more closely than others. Like these three:

The United States now ranks number 77 out of 142 countries in the...

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