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The Trajectory of Change
Activist Strategies for Social Transformation
Michael AlbertPages: 192
Release Date: 2002-01-01
This book is also available in cloth
The Trajectory of Change charts a course for the growing, international movement against corporate globalization. Albert makes the case for collectively creating a vision of a participatory, democratic, and egalitarian society.
The Trajectory of Change (cloth)
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This book does not simply say no to the killing train. It says yes to justice and liberation, offering detailed glimpses of what society could be like and strategic advice for how to get there.
Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel
This practical introduction to Parecon describes how work can be organized without hierarchy, how consumption can be equitable, and how participatory planning can promote solidarity.
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Table of ContentsForward
1 The Trajectory of Change
2 New Targets
3 Being Radical
4 Being Congenial: Or, The Stickiness Problem
5 Respecting Differences, While Building Solidarity
6 Autonomy Within Solidarity
7 Stop Whining, Start Winning
8 Class, Race, Sex?
9 My Generation
10 Sustain Radicalism
11 What Are We Waiting For?
12 Urgent Patient Tasks
From Chapter 11 What Are We Waiting For?
Our commitment to ultimately revolutionize all aspects of life should affect how our immediate campaigns are defined, what immediate goals we seek, and how we seek these goals. It should inform what we talk about when we organize, write, speak, and teach—what ideas we try to convey, what commitments we try to elicit. This is what seems missing from progressive and Left activism, and from our very lives, today.
The absence of unifying goals, of shared long-term commitment, and of attention to communicating these forthrightly at every opportunity weakens not only our prospects of organizing usefully toward a distant end, but also our near-term efforts to reduce pain today. Today’s activism, for want of revolutionary designs and spirit, is often ill-informed, frequently lacks integrity, and virtually never incorporates the kind of logic, solidarity, and spirit that can sustain long-term involvement by suffering constituencies.
Current movements are most often too narrow, too lacking in scope and in spiritual and moral appeal to attract wide support. Remarkably, they often celebrate their very weaknesses, their lack of vision, their lack of breadth, and their lack of anything resembling audacity and passion as if these debits were virtues. At the level of feeling, of emotion, and of consciousness, our projects often do little to overcome (and s...
“Cross global activism with common sense, and you get Michael Albert’s
new book, The Trajectory of Change. It's clear, useful, and short. You
will not agree with all of his suggestions, but this book will start you thinking:
what would work? How do we solve the real problems of our movement?”
—Mike Prokosch, Director of the global economy program at United for a Fair Economy
“In the clearest of language, Michael Albert lays bare the weaknesses
of the Left and points to the opportunities ahead. Eschewing cynicism and defeatism,
he outlines positive alternatives that will attract and retain social activists,
and, most importantly, achieve tangible victories. If you’re tired of complaining
about the ills of capitalism and ready to articulate what we want and how to
get there, read this book.”
—Medea Benjamin, Founding Director of Global Exchange and active Green Party member
“The Trajectory of Change could just as easily been entitled ‘passing the word’ because it summarizes some of the key lessons—pluses and minuses—of the work of the US Left over the last 30+ years. These are lessons and observations of great value to all activists, but especially those new to progressive and Left politics. Written in an accessible manner and profoundly thought-provoking, this book helps us to remember that a movement of resistance to oppression is essential; a movement with vision and...
Michael Albert, longtime activist, speaker, and writer, is editor of ZNet, co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles and been involved in numerous political and social projects. He speaks widely in the U.S. and around the world on a broad range of topics. Albert developed, along with Robin Hahnel, the economic vision called Participatory Economics. His books with South End Press include The Trajectory of Change, Stop the Killing Train, Looking Forward, and others.