Gar Alperovitz at “Beyond Sanders and Clinton”

This past February, the Democratic Alternative co-sponsored “Beyond Sanders and Clinton: Visionary Futures for Democratic Economics” at Harvard Law School.  Here is the video of Gar Alperovitz’s speech at the event:

Gar Alperovitz was legislative director for Rep. Gaylord Nelson and is now a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. He is the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, which aims to develop practical, policy-focused and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth. He has spent recent decades aiming to answer the question: “If you don’t like corporate capitalism and you don’t like state socialism, what do you like?”

No one should do work that can be done by a machine

No one should have to do work that can be done by a machine. Everything that we have learned how to repeat, we can express in a formula, in a rule, or in an algorithm. Everything that we can express in a rule, we can embody in a physical contraption. The point of a machine should be to do for us what we have already learned how to repeat, so that we can preserve our supreme resource—time—for that which we have not yet learned how to repeat.

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