Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism
by Michael AlbertSeven Stories Press, 2007, 445 pages, $22.95
Michael Albert’s new memoir, Remembering Tomorrow offers rare insight into the formation and maintenance of social change movements and institutions. At the same time, it offers a glimpse into the life of an anti-capitalist and a leader in the field of participatory economics.
Albert’s fascinating tale includes the founding of South End Press in 1977 and later of Z Magazine, Z Media Institute, and Znet. Not only does he describe the ideas behind these projects, Albert tackles the big organizational questions: power imbalance within collectives, founder’s syndrome, division of labor, sustainability, race, fundraising, and dealing with the guilt of progressives with money.
Many progressive projects that appear to be sustainable are actually verging on collapse. Albert admits this was the case with projects he initiated, and he describes attempts to come back from the brink—only some of which were successful.
Albert concludes with thoughts on media and politics that reveal, as does the rest of the book, a man who deeply reflects on how to make the world a better place. Whether or not you agree with his conclusions, Albert’s thoughtfulness is a benefit to everyone who studies and works for social change.
|Jen Angel wrote this review as part of Stop Global Warming Cold, the Spring 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Jen Angel is a YES! contributing editor.
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