Counter Ideology, Societal Education, & Direct Action
Foreword by Peter McLaren
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“A must-read book for all those interested in real change and social justice stripped bare of rhetoric and fantasy.”
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About the Book
Championing counter ideology, societal education, and direct action professor Asimakopoulos develops a theory to action model for working class movement-building toward societies based on self-organization and self-direction. Revolt! begins with an analysis of the 2008 economic collapse showing how neoliberal globalization is intensifying capitalism’s contradictions resulting in perpetual crises affecting workers. By looking at the labor and civil rights movements it then demonstrates meaningful working class gains were obtained through high levels of class conflict made possible by radical leaders and ideology, class-consciousness and solidarity through societal education, and even rebellion. Now, argues professor Asimakopoulos, social justice can only be achieved through a new movement which, short of the immediate overthrow of capitalism, can obtain with direct action specific working class victories that will set in motion evolutionary radical change. One strategic proposal is demanding corporate boards of directors only include community and labor representatives.
Revolt! will be of most interest to workers, activists, college students, and scholars, as well as anyone interested in the practical side of radical anarchism, Marxism, and social movements.
About the Author
John Asimakopoulos, Ph.D., is Full Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York. He has advanced degrees in and has taught sociology, political science, and economics resulting in a unique interdisciplinary perspective. His students include undergraduates and graduates from diverse ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds who honor him for over 20 years with the highest teaching evaluations. His research is focused on social movements, critical theory, and international political economy. Asimakopoulos is author of Social Structures of Direct Democracy (Brill/Haymarket Books), The Accumulation of Freedom (AK Press) and Revolt! (TSI Press). He has published many journal articles, book chapters, and is editor in chief of Theory in Action, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal focusing on scholar-activism.
List of Tables and Figures
1. Kleptocracy Capitalism: Why Humpty Dumpty Must Always Fall
2. Counter Ideology: Radical Evolutionary Change
3. Societal Education: The Violent Labor Movement & The Civil Rights Rebellion
4. Direct Action: Loot the Rich
Conclusion: A Call to Action!