WATCH: Gar Alperovitz at the 2013 Democracy Convention

November 15, 2013
Liberty Tree Foundation

Gar Alperovitz delivers keynote at 2013 Democracy Convention

Last August hundreds of people from across the country convened in Madison, WI for the  2nd Democracy Convention.  Made up of nine individual conferences, the Convention was an extraordinary space for individuals and organizations to network with and learn from one another in the service of building a larger, more dynamic democracy movement.
Today we are extremely excited to share with you Gar Alperovitz's powerful keynote address given at the Convention's opening plenary.  Gar has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official.  His most recent books What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution and America Beyond Capitalism present a coherent blueprint for how we as a society might transition away from our current political and economic system and towards one that is truly equitable, sustainable, and democratic.
In in his remarks Gar argued that the first important step forward is the willingness to imagine that such a fundamental change is possible:
[My] suggestion is that it is possible that we together can in fact transform the most powerful corporate capitalist system in the history of the world, and that it is possible to create a system beyond corporate capitalism and beyond state socialism in the real world... And my suggestion to you is, not that it's inevitable, but that we live in a period of time when that possibility actually is opening up before us.  And the question is whether we can rise to the level of grasping that possibility, really, and then act upon it with intensity and clarity and make it happen.
-Gar Alperovitz speaking at the 2013 Democracy Convention
Medea Benjamin introduces Gar Alperovitz at the 2013 Democracy Convention
Liberty Tree Board Member and Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin introduces Gar
after speaking about the importance of uniting across social movements