Date: Wed Aug 30 2006 - 23:25:49 EDT
Hi Mike L: Congratulations! Who designed and chose the cover design? Despite the contemporary symbolism of a cell phone, I think that its 'socialist realist' art is ironic for a book which is "a fresh, clear and innovative vision of a socialist future". More info. on the book follows. In solidarity, Jerry ----------------------------------------------------------------- <http://www.monthlyreview.org/builditnow.htm> BUILD IT NOW Socialism for the Twenty-First Century by Michael A. Lebowitz Build It Now puts forward a clear and innovative vision of a socialist future, and at the same time shows how concrete steps can be taken to make that vision a reality. It shows how the understanding of capitalism can itself become a political act-a defense of the real needs of human beings against the ongoing advance of capitalist profit. Throughout the book, Michael Lebowitz addresses the concerns of people engaged in struggle to create a better world, but aware that this struggle must be informed by the realities of the twenty-first century. Many chapters of the book began life as speeches to worker organizations in Venezuela, where worker self-management is on the agenda. Written by an eminent scholar, this is far more than an academic treatise. The book brings an internationalist outlook and vast knowledge of global trends to bear on concrete efforts to transform contemporary society. Build It Now is a testament to the ongoing vitality of the Marxist tradition, drawing on its deep resources of analytical insight and moral passion and fusing them into an essential guide to the struggles of our time. Table of Contents Introduction 1. The Needs of Capital vs. the Needs of Human Beings 2. Ideology and Economic Development 3. The Knowledge of a Better World 4. Reclaiming a Socialist Vision 5. Socialism Doesn't Drop from the Sky 6. Seven Difficult Questions 7. The Revolution of Radical Needs: Behind the Bolivarian Choice of a Socialist Path Notes Index August 2006 ISBN: 1-58367-145-5 $14.95 paper 128 pp. Political Theory About the Author MICHAEL A. LEBOWITZ is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class, winner of the Isaac Deutscher memorial prize for 2004.
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