By Michael Lebowitz
Build It Now places ahead a transparent and leading edge imaginative and prescient of a socialist destiny, and while indicates how concrete steps will be taken to make that imaginative and prescient a truth. It indicates how the certainty of capitalism can itself develop into a political act—a safety of the genuine wishes of people opposed to the continuing enhance of capitalist profit.
Throughout the e-book, Lebowitz addresses the worries of individuals engaged in fight to create a greater global, yet acutely aware that this fight needs to be knowledgeable via the realities of the twenty-first century. Many chapters of the publication started lifestyles as addresses to employee enterprises in Venezuela, the place employee self-management is at the schedule. Written by way of an eminent educational, this can be way over a tutorial treatise. The publication brings an internationalist outlook and monstrous wisdom of worldwide traits to undergo on concrete efforts to rework modern society.
Build It Now is a testomony to the continued power of the Marxist culture, drawing on its deep assets of analytical perception and ethical ardour and fusing them into an important advisor to the struggles of our time.
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