Markets Without Capitalism

A Plan for Transition
Brian D'Agostino
Olivier Mathey


Editor's note: Below is a chapter from Brian D'Agostino's book The Middle Class Fights Back (also available for Kindle).  D'Agostino lays out one possible way forward towards a collective commonwealth society.  While much of the background on Mondragon will be familiar to most cooperators, D'Agostino and Mathey offer suggestions for public policy initiatives that are refreshingly ambitious in their scope (see page 5, Transforming Capitalist Corporations).  D'Agostino and Mathey ask us to consider the possibility of not just providing a marginal alternative to the existing economic order, but of totally re-making it in a more democratic and accountable (which is to say cooperative) mold.

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About the author: 

Dr. Brian D’Agostino is an interdisciplinary scholar, educator, and consultant, with  publications and other professional qualifications that span public policy, education, statistical research, and the social sciences.  He is President of the International Psychohistorical Association, teaches at Empire State College (SUNY), and holds a Ph.D. and two other degrees from Columbia University.  He has testified before the New York State Senate Education Committee and lectured for the general public and academic audiences.  His publications have appeared in the peer-reviewed Political Science Quarterly, Review of Political Economy, and Political Psychology as well as popular publications including The New York Daily News, Z Magazine, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Living City. Dr. D'Agostino is the author of The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America (Praeger 2012).  He lives with his wife in New York City and operates a math tutoring business.

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