The Next Great Transformation from Kleptocracy Capitalism to Libertarian Socialism through
Counter Ideology, Societal Education, & Direct Action
Foreword by Peter McLaren, Ph.D.
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Editor Anarchist Studies
“A must-read book for all those interested in real change and social justice stripped bare of rhetoric and fantasy.”
Political Media Review
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
Department of Justice Studies
San Jose State University
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
Dr. John Asimakopoulos is Executive Director of the scholar-activist Transformative Studies Institute (TSI) and works with a highly underprivileged student population at the Bronx campus of the City University of New York as an Associate Professor of Sociology. He also edits Theory in Action, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. His work focuses on labor, globalization, and sociological theory.
His publications include articles and books focusing on the history of social movements and how they can inform a new global working class movement for the ushering of epochal change toward a just society. His works champion the formation of a counter ideology, independent working class media and educational institutions, and direct action toward this end. He is currently working with his colleagues at TSI to establish a new free and progressive university operated by scholar-activists.
John’s interest in the working-class stems from his parents who obtained only third grade educations. They worked as landless farmers in Greece and later as immigrant factory workers in the United States. Early on in life, John observed that his parents’ hard work was never rewarded pushing him to think of social justice. Ever since, he has dedicated his life to promoting equality and social justice for all peoples.