Film looks at ‘The Next American Revolution’

Dec 27, 2013
Gar Alperovitz advocates for community-based and cooperative businesses in his 2013 film.

Belfast — There will be a free community screening of "The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism," with historian, political economist, activist and writer Gar Alperovitz, Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. This event is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Development Institute and the Belfast Co-op. Rob Brown, Maine Cooperative Development Specialist with CDI, will lead a post-film discussion.

While there has been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system — from wage stagnation and chronic unemployment to unchecked corporate and state power and growing inequality — analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions to these problems have been few and far between. This illustrated presentation from distinguished historian and political economist Alperovitz is a rare stunning exception.

Pointing to efforts already under way in thousands of communities across the Unites States, 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.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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