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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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Democracy@Work is a non-profit that advocates for worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system.

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.

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Will Amazon Finally Kill New York? — Longreads

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Lovely book review by Rebecca McCarthy on Heike Geissler’s Seasonal Associate that explores the dark side of Amazon and the impact of new digital economy on working people globally.  A stark reminder of Alvin Tofflers Future Shock 

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Ten Books to Read in 2018 — Longreads

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We asked writers, editors, and booksellers to tell us about a few books they felt deserved more recognition last year.

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What do you think of this recommended reading list? Have any of the titles made it onto your bookshelf?