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Real Utopia by Chris Spannos
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Aug 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: anarchism, left-politics, work-unions-struggle
Read from September 18 to October 09, 2013

I had been putting off reading this for a number or years because I'd already read about 3 of the parecon books. I used two selections from this for a course on Workers' Self-Management and the response from my students was pretty good.

Overall this is a really great book. It has a good variety of selections from the historical to the theoretical to the practical. It is an excellent companion book to any of the other classic parecon books by Albert and/or Hahnel (Thinking Forward, Looking Forward, Pareceon, etc.)

The only weakness is that this book can be a touch repetitive because all the contributors are taking Albert & Hahnel's ideas and then re-working them or applying them in a different context.

I'm not fully convinced about all the features of parecon as a model (particularly the continuation of use of money), but I think there is a serious lack of visionary writing on the left and this is a well thought-out model which deserves to be studied and debated.

I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this.

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