Michael Albert, 'Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism - A Memoir'

IssueJune 2008
Review by Milan Rai

Movements need people who can think big. It would be hard to find someone who thinks bigger than Michael Albert, co-founder of South End Press, Z Magazine and ZNet, the sprawling online home of global radicalism.

Remembering Tomorrow is a memoir (mainly of Sixties activism on-and-off campus – at MIT); a manifesto (for Michael Albert’s intriguing brand of anarchism – though he prefers the term “participatory economy” or “parecon”); and a thoughtful reflection on actions, initiatives and influences.

For the general reader, there’s quite a lot of music (Dylan is all-pervasive), some drugs (the book could be used in drugs awareness campaigns) and sexual fidelity.

Noam Chomsky, a key figure in Michael Albert’s life, features quite a bit (there’s an appalling betrayal at the World Social Forum, which Chomsky manages to partially reverse). Other prominent folk also pop up. Some are on the side of the angels; others (particularly would-be donors) appear in a less flattering light.

For activists, this book is a treat. It’s informative, provocative, humbling and inspiring. I can’t recommend it too highly.

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