Like Boomers worldwide, I came of age in the turbulent Sixties. I was compelled by the hypocrisy of mainstream American politics and culture to join the struggles against the war in Viet Nam and for civil rights and women’s liberation.
After a stint at the Air Force Academy, graduation from Georgetown University (economics) and a go at law school, I "dropped out" to launch a non-profit, community-based, worker-managed, grocery cooperative (Stone Soup) in Washington, DC. I studied Marxism and, soon, took an active part uniting leftwing activists nationwide into the Communist Workers Party that survived into the 1980s. In the Party and through various other organizations, I worked for most of two decades as a community organizer. Subsequently, after we recognized the futility of socialist revolution in the U.S. and abandoned the effort, I earned a master’s degree in education (George Washington University) and taught high school. In the last phase of my career, I was a communications professional and health writer on the union side of the construction industry.
Though my experience had exposed fallacies in socialist theory and practice, everything in life confirmed my early conclusion that revolutionary struggle is necessary to hold corporate capitalism to social and ecological account and build a better world. To this end, I remained intent on summarizing what was wrong in Marxism by discovering the true realities of contemporary, real-world social change.
In this I found that my appreciation for the inevitability of global revolution was confirmed both by the insights of modern social science – particularly the work of the Alvin and Heidi Toffler (The Third Wave), anthropologists Marvin Harris (Cannibals and Kings) and Helen Fisher (Anatomy of Love), partners Neil Howe and William Strauss (The Fourth Turning) and socioecologist Sing Chew (Recurring Dark Ages).
Beyond theory, intensifying hardship and struggle worldwide compelled continued allegiance to revolutionary aspirations. After 9/11 and the global financial crisis of 2008, it was clear to me that the world’s people and its corporate elite had come to a decisive crossroads.
Wishing not just to understand but, more, to help change our world, I launched GlobalTalk, a blog for global revolutionaries, in 2004. In 2011, I published Digging Out: Global Crisis and the Search for a New Social Contract (with my brother Charles) and opened LocalGlobalNexus.net to promote the Global Quest for Corporate Accountability. In May 2015, adopting the pen name V.I. Lenin, I updated and refocused Marxist theory for 21st century class struggle in What Is To Be Done?
Bottom line, I’ve always practiced that old Boomer mantra: Change the World!
Sooner, now, rather than later, as our numbers and interconnections increasingly demand, the people of earth will rise up in coordinated social revolution and compel an accountable, new social contract from the corporate elite, one that puts the interests of the whole ahead of the parts. Can you imagine our world in another 50 years if we don't?