Michael Albert

Michael Albert

Michael Albert is an organizer, publisher, teacher, and author of over twenty books and hundreds of articles. He cofounded South End Press, Z Magazine, the Z Media Institute, ZNet, and various other projects, and works full time for Z Communications. He is the author, with Robin Hahnel, of the economic vision named participatory economics. He helped create the International Organization for a Participatory Society in 2012.

Radicalized in the mid 1960s, Albert has been uncompromisingly revolutionary and active ever since. He has taught in universities, prisons, and at the Z summer school, Z Media Institute. He has given lectures in dozens of countries and debated in almost as many. While his media work has mostly been for organizations he helped found, not long ago he also spent some time working for Telesur English. 

Albert’s political and social perspective owes to his early involvement in the New Left and his attraction to various anarchist and libertarian marxist writers during that time. For those interested in learning a bit more about his involvements, a memoir titled Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life after Capitalism, addresses the whole period, seeking to extract lessons from each endeavor.

A recent letter addessed to Lois:

Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

SKU: 9781629633817
Author: Michael Albert • Preface: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: PM Press / Kairos
ISBN: 9781629633817
Published: 8/2017
Format: Paperback, ePub, mobi, PDF
Size: 5 x 8
Page count: 288
Subjects: Political Activism/Social Movements


Practical Utopia immediately struck me because it is written by a leftist who is interested in the people winning and defeating oppression. The book is an excellent jumping off point for debates on the framework to look at actually existing capitalism, strategy for change, and what we need to do about moving forward. It speaks to many of the questions faced by grassroots activists who want to get beyond demanding change but who, instead, want to create a dynamic movement that can bring a just world into existence. As someone who comes out of a different part of the Left than does Michael Albert, I was nevertheless excited by the challenges he threw in front of the readers of this book. Many a discussion will be sparked by the arguments of this work.”
—Bill Fletcher Jr., author of “They’re Bankrupting Us!” And 20 Other Myths about Unions

“Albert mulls over the better society that we may create after capitalism, provoking much thought and offering a generous, hopeful vision of the future. Albert’s prescriptions for action in the present are modest and wise, his suggestions for building the future are ambitious and humane.”
—Milan Rai

“Michael Albert is an important thinker who takes us beyond radical denunciations and pretentious ‘analysis’ to a thoughtful, profound meditation on what a good society can be like.”
—Howard Zinn

“With his combination of hard-edged logic and visionary hope, Michael Albert is one of the treasures of the Left.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich

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