The presentation aims to give form to the qualities we imagine an economy free of the theft, exploitation, and extraction necessitated by racial capitalism might have. Based on Liberation in a Generation’s own policy priorities, we depicted a landscape of modular, moving puzzle pieces that reflect how a liberated economy is one that is more distributed and decentralized, stable yet always evolving, abundantly full, with enough resources to provide for everyone.
The presentation contains roughly 20 slides, some of which are customizable so staff can update them as information evolves. The deck depicts a liberation economy as participatory one governed by all of us, not a single source of power. A liberation economy is a self-reflective system, one that looks at its own behavior and operations to assess harm and ensure it cares for people and environment first. It repairs harm when it does happen and addresses past harms in a way that delivers healing.
Where racial capitalism profits from racism, a liberation economy thrives when everyone is taken care of, especially the most vulnerable. Where racial capitalism creates cycles of oppression, this economy creates cycles of transferring power, uplift and well-being. Where racial capitalism forces people to prove their worthiness for basic welfare eligibility, everyone in a liberation economy is deserving of having their basic needs met, unconditionally. Where racial capitalism commodifies basic needs, in a liberation economy, housing, healthcare, education and more are basic rights.