Saturday, November 23, 2013

Keynote Address by Gar Alperovitz: Conversation with another son

Posted: Saturday, 23 Nov 13

On Thursday, 21 Nov, my second youngest son made me aware of Gar Alperovitz, whose name I did not recognize. We had been talking about my son's planned manifesto for a new political party, after he expressed his displeasure with both current major parties, which have stalemated the Congress. He sent me a link to Alperovitz's keynote address to the Second Democracy Convention, held last August in Madison, Wisconsin.

Democracy News

Gar Alperovitz delivers keynote at 2013 Democracy Convention
Gar Alperovitz

Alperovitz's presentation surprised and inspired me. "Why haven't I heard of this guy before?" I asked myself and then shared it with Birgitta. She, too, became excited. So, we will be sharing this stuff with family and friends as it develops.

Here is an excerpt from the keynote speech:
[My] suggestion is that it is possible that we together can in fact transform the most powerful corporate capitalist system in the history of the world, and that it is possible to create a system beyond corporate capitalism and beyond state socialism in the real world... And my suggestion to you is, not that it's inevitable, but that we live in a period of time when that possibility actually is opening up before us.  And the question is whether we can rise to the level of grasping that possibility, really, and then act upon it with intensity and clarity and make it happen.-Gar Alperovitz speaking at the 2013 Democracy Convention

Thus begins a new conversation of substance with another son.


Birgitta/ said...

The right side of the pasted quote by Alperovitz is cut off.

Eugene said...

Thank you, Birgitta. See if that has now been corrected.