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Gar Alperovitz

In a wide-ranging discussion, Ralph talks community and worker ownership of businesses and the decision to use the atomic bomb with distinguished scholar and author, Gar Alperovitz.   And Ralph answers our listener questions.

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Gar Alperovitz is an historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official.  In addition to a distinguished career in academia, he is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and is a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative,  a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth. He is also the co-chair of the Next System Project, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.  He is also author of the book The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.


  1. Patrick Clement says:

    70 years after the event, it is too easy to second guess whether or not to drop the atomic bomb. Revisionists can claim Japan would have surrendered if we had asked them to, or maybe a test of the bomb to prove we had a new weapon that was greater than anything else since the Japanese were rumored to have developed their own atomic bomb and tested it in Korea. But more likely than not, the Japanese people would have died to keep American Troops out of Japan. It’s really ludicrous arguing about dropping the atomic bomb. All war is bad. Is it more humane to kill your opponent in a flash of light and heat or with an approved size, full metal jacket bullet?