Gar Alperovitz

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Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, College Park Department of Government and Politics. He is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; a founding Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics; a Fellow[1]at the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

Gar Alperovitz has also served as a Legislative Director for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a Special Assistant in the Department of State. A political economist and historian, his numerous articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Atlantic.

Aide to Kastenmeier

Gar Alperovitz replaced Marcus Raskin as an aide to Rep. Robert Kastenmeier.


Alperovitz has written on nuclear weapons and the origins of the Cold War and on new possibilities for systemic change in advanced societies. His books include Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (1965), The Decision To Use The Atomic Bomb (1995), and America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy. A new book, Unjust Deserts (2008), with Lew Daly, deals with the socially created and inherited sources of wealth and the implications for a new theory of distribution.[2]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included "Corporate Pricing, Inflation and the Economy" - Deborah Meier, moderator; Leon Keyserling, Gar Alperovitz .[3]

National Center for Economic Alternatives

In the early 1980s, the Washington DC National Center for Economic Alternatives was co-directed by Jeff Faux and Gar Alperovitz.[4]

Institute for Policy Studies

Gar Alperovitz was a member[5]of the Institute for Policy Studies 20th Anniversary Committee, which organized an April 5, 1983, reception at the National Building Museum, Washington DC attended by approximately 1,000 IPS staffers and former staff.

Recommended appointees for a new Administration

In the 1988 book "Winning America: Ideas and Leadership for the 1990s" edited by Marcus Raskin, Chester Hartman, Sean Gervasi recommended Barry Bluestone, Gar Alperovitz, Donald Harris, Robert Browne, Jeff Faux, Carol O'Cleireacain, Jamie Galbraith, Howard Wachtel, Bennet T. Harrison, Michael Tanzer and Arthur MacEwan as recommended appointees for a new Administration page 24, 25).

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Gar Alperovitz, National Center for Economic Alternatives was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[6]

Boston DSA speaker

Gar Alperovitz was listed as a speaker for DSA Discussion Group event "America Beyond Capitalism" in 2006, with Boston Democratic Socialists of America.[7]

Gar Alperovitz was listed as a speaker for events in April 2007, with Boston Democratic Socialists of America.[8]

America's Future Now!

Gar Alperovitz was one of the 148 speakers who spoke at the 2010 America's Future Now Conference.[9]

Online University of the Left


The Online University of the Left, a new `Left Unity’ project, was initiated by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism in 2012. It’s core orientation is Marxist, but it contains teaching resources reflecting the full range of views on the wider left. About 50 left academics are involved in the core group so far-Richard Wolff, David Schweickart, Rose Brewer, Timothy Johnson, Gregory Morales, Bill Tabb, Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Harris, Linda Alcoff, Dana Cloud, Gar Alperovitz, to name a few.

One of the OUL’s key aims is to solve this problem of scattered resources, creating a web portal that will bring much of this valuable material together in one spot in cyberspace.

Carl Davidson is lead organizer.[10]

Metro DC DSA Public Facbook group

Members of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, public Facebook group, as of March 12, 2017 included Gar Alperovitz.[11]