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Michael Albert

Michael Albert
Michael Albert speaking at New York's annual Left Forum, 2007.
Born (1947-04-08) April 8, 1947
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
  • Politics
  • Economics
Notable works Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Economy

Michael Albert (born April 8, 1947) is an American activist, economist, speaker, and writer.


  • Biography 1
  • Work 2
  • Beliefs 3
  • Bibliography 4
    • Co-authored 4.1
    • About Albert 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In 1965, Albert was a student at Students for a Democratic Society and opposed the Vietnam War. He was expelled from MIT, in January 1970, for disruptive behaviour.[1][2]

In 1991, Albert co-authored, with Robin Hahnel, The Political Economy of Participatory Economics. This outlined their ideas for participatory economics and included an economic model of the system.[3][4] Doug Brown, writing in the Journal of Economic Issues said their alternative to markets was novel, but mainly of academic interest.[4]

Albert helped create the International Organization for a Participatory Society founded in 2012.


He is founder of Z Net and Z Magazine.[5] He co-founded South End Press.[1]


Albert identifies himself as a market abolitionist and believes they should be replaced with participatory economics.[6][7]


  • What Is To Be Undone?, (1974)
  • Stop the Killing Train: Radical Visions for Radical Change, (1994)
  • Thinking Forward: Learning To Conceptualize Economic Vision, (1997)
  • Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Economy, (2001)
  • The Trajectory of Change: Activist Strategies for Social Transformation, (2002)
  • Parecon: Life After Capitalism, (2004) Verso ISBN 9781844675050[8]
  • Thought Dreams: Radical Theory for the 21st Century, (2004)
  • Realizing Hope: Life beyond Capitalism, (2006)
  • Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism, A Memoir, (2007) Seven Stories Press ISBN 9781583227428[9]
  • Occupy Theory (2013)
  • Occupy Vision (2013)
  • Occupy Strategy (2013)


  • Unorthodox Marxism, with R. Hahnel (1978)
  • Socialism Today and Tomorrow, with R. Hahnel (1981)
  • Marxism and Socialist Theory, with R. Hahnel (1981)
  • Liberating Theory, with Holly Sklar, Lydia Sargent, Mel King, Robin Hahnel, Noam Chomsky and Leslie Cagan (1986)
  • Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics, with R. Hahnel (1990)
  • Looking Forward, with R. Hahnel (1990)
  • The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, with R. Hahnel (1991) Princeton University Press ISBN 9780691003849 [3]

About Albert

See also


  1. ^ a b "From SDS to Life After Capitalism: Z Mag Founder Michael Albert on Activism, "Parecon" and a Model for a Participatory Society". Democracy Now. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ FISHMAN, MITCHELL S. "SDS Seizes M.I.T. Offices With Ram". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Political Economy of Participatory Economics". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Doug. "Reviewed Work: The Political Economy of Participatory Economics". Journal of Economic Issues. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Pilger, John. "John Pilger offers a reading list to counter Reagan". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Market Madness. Z-Mag, July 13, 2004.
  7. ^ Albert, Michael There Is An Alternative. ZNet, July 27, 2005.
  8. ^ "Parecon: Life After Capitalism". Verso. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life after Capitalism: A Memoir". Seven Stories Press. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics". Seven Stories Press. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 

External links

  • Michael Albert discusses memoir with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, April 17, 2007 (video, audio, and print transcript)
  • Parecon (Participatory Economics)
  • Interview with Michael Albert in Imagineer magazine about the American economy and his proposal for a more effective economic alternative.
  • Text of a speech delivered to a CNT Sponsored gathering in Barcelona, Spain (on parecon)
  • Anarchism?!
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