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Commonwealth by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in [...]

It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins [...]

In a recent column, Grace Lee Boggs wrote of Nathaniel Huggins: “Although we never met, Huggins has been my favorite historian for thirty years… I was fascinated by the way he wrote about the Africans who arrived on these shores in chains, not mainly as victims but as human beings with both the need and [...]

Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community by Thomas Linzey with Anneke Campbell
Inspired by five true stories of communities who were tired of corporate political power entitlements running roughshod over their townships, Be the Change offers solutions for how individuals can stand up and take back their local governments.
Thomas Linzey, [...]

View this promotional video for the 2009 edition of the The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook by James Boggs with new commentary by Grace Lee Boggs, Shea Howell, Carl Edwards, Larry Sparks, Julia Pointer-Putnam, Jenny Lee, and Richard Feldman.

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The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook – New Edition
by James Boggs
With New Commentary by Grace Lee Boggs and Others
“…brilliant and startling insights into the American past and the probable American future. Boggs…is a radical’s radical.” —The Nation
“We think Mr. Boggs has things to say that all Americans, and especially Americans of the [...]

A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters
Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster, whether man-made or natural, people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the new-found communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this [...]

Today the very ideas that made America great imperil its future. Our plans go awry and policies fail. History’s grandest war against terrorism creates more terrorists. Global capitalism, intended to improve lives, increases the gap between rich and poor. Decisions made to stem a financial crisis guarantee its worsening. Environmental strategies to protect species lead [...]

Here is an upcoming event for our friends in Washington D.C.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Busboys and Poets at 5th and K (1025 5th St., NW)
Join us for a conversation between two great public scholars on the key issues of our day, and celebrate new books by each of them.
In the United States, many [...]

Please read and share this message from Berrett-Koehler Publishers regarding the new book by best-selling author David
Korten, Agenda for a New Economy.
The first 100 days of the current presidency will be the most heavily scrutinized in history, and the number one concern for the new administration—and the vast majority of Americans is the financial crisis. [...]