About the Author 

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Throughout this website there are pictures linked to pieces of music...

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...because, well, I like music and I assume you do too.

I'm a professor of history with a specialization in U.S. labor history, and I've published articles in a number of academic and popular outlets (the Washington Post, DissentTruthout, etc.). In a previous lifetime I wrote mediocre poetry and fiction, some of which you can read on this website—e.g., The Book of Joe: A Satire of Capitalist Society, one of the few things I've written that, actually, I'm somewhat pleased with—and long, turgid reflections on various issues of philosophy, a subject in which I retain a keen interest. But, as with many sane people, my major preoccupation now is concern over the fate of humanity, which is headed into a perfect storm of crises. Much of the material on this website indulges that concern.

If you're interested in ideas on how to conceptualize the coming (hopefully) transition to a more just world, here is a long article that lays out the main arguments in my book on worker cooperatives. (Here's a shorter one.) I'm a Marxist, but the fact is that any far-reaching social transformation is going to be much more gradual than Marxists have traditionally thought. 

One last point: I can't resist a brief note of "apology," in both of that word's senses, for the first and third books displayed on this website's home page. They're rather idiosyncratic and provocative. Were I to write them today, they would take considerably different (and much tamer) forms.