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Parecomic: get your economic theory in palatable graphic novel form

May 7, 2013

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Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics is on sale today!

Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, the creative team behind the progressive comic strip “Green Benches,” have united once more to bring us Parecomic—the story of political and economic revolutionary Michael Albert and his ideas for an alternative to capitalism.

Noam Chomsky, in his first ever introduction for a graphic novel, calls the book and its message “a vital stimulus for the activist engagement that contemporary society desperately needs if urgent problems are to be confronted seriously and constructively.”

Michael Albert has spent years developing an alternative economic vision, called “participatory economics,” and Parecomic outlines the principles of Albert’s ideas in a dynamic and accessible fashion, with appearances from Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and the ghost of Karl Marx. Albert has traveled around the globe for more than thirty years to investigate working conditions, political movements, and alternative systems of management and compensation.

A great review in Publishers Weekly says, 
“As a primer on the history and theory of participatory economics, this title is never short on ideas, tracing the development of Michael Albert’s theories on self-management, social justice, and internationalism, and their origins in the civil disobedience and consciousness-raising movements of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Thompson and Wilson can be very inventive with their effects. Parecomic is inspired at times, and as a treatise on participatory economics, it’s pretty great.”

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