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What’s on the Menu at LisMel Publishing in 2019?

Lisbon Tram with graffiti

Website Development:

An update of our website is the task at hand at the moment.

We’ve just changed our WordPress theme and also added some additional plug-ins and widgets to improve the functionality and the aesthetic for our site visitors. We appreciate your feedback on your user experience on our updated site and any comments you have are most welcome.

As always with all things technical, this remains a work in progress.

The overhaul of the website was overdue given that our primary focus has shifted to creating and publishing content rather than reselling books online. We designed our previous website to function foremost as an ecommerce store, but this is no longer our primary aim and has enabled us to experiment with a broader range of magazine style WordPress themes more suited to our needs as content creators and distributors.

Website Content:

The site will showcase our in-house publications like Russell’s self-published first novel Eye of the TimeGate and provide a platform for our upcoming publications and other projects. Visitors will be able to engage and follow these projects on our blog posts and on The Swamp Podcast  we‘ve embedded as a live feed on the site.

We’ve also added Disqus onto LisMel Publishing site to facilitate the engagement with our audience and provide an improved mechanism for audience comment and feedback.

Publications:

We plan to upload a series of short stories by Russell over the next few weeks including, The Butterfly Breeze, that was in part a prelude or off-shoot of Eye of the TimeGate. He is working on the second book in his TimeGate time travel series, which we plan to publish early next year. TimeGate fans can follow this publishing journey on The Swamp Podcast and The Swamp – New Adventures in Pop Culture website.

I’m also working on a few writing projects this year including LisMel, an interactive family history project that will also hopefully provide the research material I’m collating for my own first novel. The goal is to have LisMel ready for publication as an eBook later this year, and a first draft of the novel.

The Swamp Podcast:

Having updated and revamped the LisMel Publishing website, it seemed only natural to experiment with new a podcasting platform and recording process for The Swamp podcast show at the same time! We’ve moved our podcast hosting across to Anchor from Soundcloud to take advantage of Anchors integrated recording and marketing distribution channels.

Russell is finishing the post-production editing of the second part of a two-part year in review podcast we recently recorded. The episode should go up on Anchor later next week.

Again, we would welcome and value any feedback and comment from our audience on the quality of the recordings and ease of download with our migration to the Anchor platform experiment. Any feedback and comment on The Swamp’s  content and entertainment value is also appreciated and welcome.

Here’s wishing all our readers, visitors and listeners a happy and prosperous 2019!

Rui.

Cheers,

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Understanding Marxism

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In celebration of the 200 year centennial of Marx’s birth, Democracy@ Work’s very own Professor Richard D Wolff has published a new book on Lulu, Understanding Marxism to help with fundraising for Democracy@Work.

Understanding Marxism - Richard D WolffWhy should we pay attention to the great social critics like Marx? Americans, especially now, confront serious questions and evidences that our capitalist system is in trouble. It clearly serves the 1% far, far better than what it is doing to the vast mass of the people. Marx was a social critic for whom capitalism was not the end of human history. It was just the latest phase and badly needed the transition to something better. We offer this essay now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system.     

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Based on the book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, we envision a future where workers at every level of their offices, stores, and factories have equal voices in the direction of their enterprise and its impact within their community and society at large.

Democracy@Work advocates for a transition from capitalist to democratic worker-owned cooperative enterprises as a viable alternative to the capitalist system that rewards corporate greed and unacceptable outcomes for the overwhelming majority of people. That is, the ninety-nine per cent of people on the planet

Its vision is to transition to a society whose workplaces, enterprises and institutions are democratic, sustainable and focused on meeting human needs and not capitalist greed.