We are in a time of crisis. The collapse of labor power, the rise of global economic issues, and the decay of our environment mark this period of unrest. Could building on “local socialism” toward what political economist, historian, and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and the Next System Project Gar Alperovitz calls the Pluralist Commonwealth be part of the systemic solutions that are needed? Through this article for Truthout, Alperovitz sheds light on this era of Trump and gives advice on how to respond to the systemic crises surrounding us.
The response must begin with—but also go beyond—the urgent work of defending, wherever and however possible, the individuals and communities most at risk.