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After the loss of a counter-model for capitalism – which socialism, in its real, existing form had presented until its collapse – alternative concepts for economic and social development face hard times at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In the industrial nations, broadly discussed are only those “alternatives” that do not question the existing power relations of the capitalist system and representative democracies. Other socio-economic approaches are labeled utopian, devalued, and excluded from serious discussion if even considered at all.

This edition of the republicart web journal presents transcriptions from 13 videos from Oliver Ressler’s thematic installation “Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies” focusing on diverse concepts and models for alternative economies and societies, which all share a rejection of the capitalist system of rule.