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The Next American Revolution

By Jim Carey

Cartoon by John Jonik

The Koch Brothers and others have spent billions of dollars since the Supreme Court in Citizens United VS. Federal Election Commission (2010) stated that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures. In addition, across the country with the assistance of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), states have used numerous mechanisms to suppress voting although there is little evidence to prove that voter fraud is a significant problem in the United States.

Gar Alperovitz’s The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism
At Occupy San Miguel Meeting
Mon, Nov 24, 1pm
TV room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

“The abysmally low turnout in…the midterm elections—the lowest in more than seven decades—was bad for Democrats, but it was even worse for democracy… New York’s turnout was a shameful 28.8 percent…overall, the national turnout was 36.3 percent; only the 1942 federal election had a lower participation rate at 33.9 percent. The reasons are apathy, anger, and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns,” reports The New York Times.

There’s been no shortage of commentary about the elections and the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, from wage stagnation and chronic invisible unemployment to unchecked corporate and state power and growing inequality. However, analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions to these problems have been few and far between.

On Monday, November 24 at 1pm in the TV room of the Quinta Hotel, Loreto 15, Occupy San Miguel presents a video (47 minutes) of the distinguished historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz. Pointing to efforts already under way in thousands of communities across the US, from co-ops and community land trusts to municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability, Alperovitz marshals years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. The result is a highly accessible look at the current economy and a common-sense roadmap for building a system more in sync with American values. The films and discussion are always free and open to all.


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