Michael Albert

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This article is about the economist. For the computer scientist, see Michael H. Albert.
Michael Albert
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Michael Albert speaking at New York's annual Left Forum, 2007.
Born (1947-04-08) April 8, 1947 (age 68)
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
  • Politics
  • Economics
Notable works Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Economy

Michael Albert (born April 8, 1947) is an American activist, economist, speaker, and writer.

During the 1960s, he was a member of Students for a Democratic Society, and was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles.

Albert identifies himself as a market abolitionist[1] and favors participatory planning as an alternative.[2] He developed, with Robin Hahnel, the economic vision called participatory economics. Albert has also been a moving force in the creation of the International Organization for a Participatory Society founded in 2012.

Albert's memoir, Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism (ISBN 1583227423), was published in 2007 by Seven Stories Press.

Parecomic: the story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics (2013) Seven Stories Press is a graphic novel account of Albert's life and the Parecon ideas, by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson,with an introduction by Noam Chomsky. In the afterword, before describing Parecon, Albert writes of present-day capitalism: "At this point of the twenty-first century, only a relatively few people...fail to see that capitalism is now a gigantic holocaust of injustice."[3]


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  1. ^ Market Madness. Z-Mag, July 13, 2004.
  2. ^ Albert, Michael There Is An Alternative. ZNet, July 27, 2005.
  3. ^ Parecomic, pp 228–9

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