*No Bosses* describes and advocates a natural and built Commons, workers’ and consumers’ self-managing councils, a division of labor that balances empowering tasks among all workers, a norm that apportions income for duration, intensity, and onerousness of socially valued labor, and finally not markets or central planning, but instead participatory planning by workers and consumers of what is produced, by what means, to what ends. It makes a compelling case that these features can be brought together in a spirit of solidarity to establish a self-managing, equitable, sustainable, participatory, new economy, with a rich artistic and intellectual culture as well.
*No Bosses* is a book for those of us who take for granted the need to end private property over the means of production but who crave an answer to the question: “How do we manage commonly owned resources and means of production?” This is why *No Bosses* is such a breath of fresh air: It helps us retrieve from within ourselves the suppressed conviction, shared by every human being, that it is not alright to live under the tyranny of market forces weaponised by cunning bosses.
Dr. Ron Daniels
After Sanders and Black Lives Matter, amidst COVID and Global Warming, many ask what’s next? Michael Albert’s new book, *No Bosses*, proposes an answer for economics from self managed decision making to balanced work and from equitable incomes to ending class division. “No Bosses”should be widely read as we assess the way forward in this unprecedented moment in the history of this nation.
Michael Albert’s *No Bosses* is easy reading, thanks to his unique folksy style, but heavy thinking. Be ready to challenge your own narrow view of “the possible.” I recommend that after every sentence, paragraph or chapter that has you saying, “Nice idea but it just won’t work,” remind yourself that the present system doesn’t work (unless, of course, you think Jeff Bezos’s deserves to make $10 million an hour and the climate crisis is not an existential threat.) So read it with delight at the creative ways we can organize—asap—to sweep Mr. Moneybags into the dustbin of history and create the new equitable, participatory, empowering and sustainable world that we want to live in.
Bill Fletcher, Jr.
What I love about Michael Albert's works is that they are about vision and about the possible. He does not argue whether the future that he proposes is probable, but rather insists that it is necessary. His latest book *No Bosses* accomplishes just that and is a delight to read.
Michael Albert firmly rejects capitalism, often through bluntly questioning its basic tenets. Why should people who already have so much be entitled to get more? Why not admire and pursue excellence and expertise without rewarding it with undue material wealth or social power? The arguments in *No Bosses* go well beyond iconoclasm. Seriously and carefully, Albert aims to create a framework, a “scaffold,” for a worthy economic plan. Building on three decades of research, he describes participatory economics with enjoyable candor, raising as many questions as he answers and inviting readers to set cynicism aside. My advice: equip yourself with a big “Why not?” and give this vision plenty of attention.
The collapse of socialist and Soviet-type experiments became a heavy burden for post-capitalist perspectives precisely at a time when they are most needed. Michael Albert has devoted his life to re-creating visions and a strategy towards a better future. *No Bosses: A New Economy for a Better World* offers a refined, compelling argument in favor of a non-capitalist, participatory economics. His vision is of utmost importance for people and social movements struggling for a better world.
Michael Albert has the courage and the background to propose solutions to the multitude of our social problems in his new book *No Bosses*. Also, he has the life-experience to suggest: “Don’t just cling and curse. Swim.” For this he uses one of the most important words in our social vocabulary: “Resist”! Resistance in essence is a moral act. Also, we do not resist alone. We resist together with our neighbour, or as he puts it “all people share responsibilities”.
Tired of working for a boss but don't want just to trade your boss for a new boss? Tired of living in a system run by bosses but don't want to swap it for a system run by other bosses? Take a look at Michael Albert's *NO BOSSES: A NEW ECONOMY FOR A BETTER WORLD*. You'll have a hard time finding a better guide to moving from capitalism to a genuinely free, equal, and participatory economy.