Our current political and economic system is broken. Failure is evident as inequality rises, poverty spikes, and our environment is dangerously threatened. But people are starting to take note of these issues and look for solutions in this time of crisis. In this article for The Nation, political economist, historian, and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and the Next System Project Gar Alperovitz illustrates how socialism may spearhead the movement for change towards what he calls a pluralist commonwealth system and how this next system may be constructed for a 21st century America.
As ever-greater numbers of Americans are forced to ask fundamental questions about where their nation is going, we must start offering the answers.