Michael Albert is co-founder of South End Press and Z Magazineand now works at the latter, focusing on its web system, ZNet ( and its online school, the Learning On Line University ( He has written a dozen books of analysis and vision, often with his frequent co-author, Robin Hahnel. The most recent is Thinking Forward, Arbeiter Ring Press, 1997.

Carl Boggs is professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles and has been visiting professor of sociology at UCLA for the past four years. He is the author of The socialist tradition (Routledge, 1996), Intellectuals and the crisis of modernity (SUNY, 1993), and Social movements and political power (Temple University, 1986), as well as two books on the political thought of Antonio Gramsci. His most recent book is The eclipse of politics: corporate power, the global crisis, and the transformation of american political culture (Guilford, forthcoming). He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Alternative Media Network.

David Ames Curtis is a Paris-based American writer, translator, editor, and citizen activist who has worked as a community organizer in the Carolinas and a feminist union organizer at Yale University. He has been published in American, European, and Australian books and journals. Curtis’s Castoriadis translations include: _Political and Social Writings_ (3 vols.), _Philosophy, Politics, Autonomy_, _World in Fragments_, and The Castoriadis Reader. He has also done two book-length translations of Pierre Vidal-Naquet: _Cleisthenes the Athenian_ and The Jews: History, Memory, and the Present. With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Curtis directed research for Yale’s Black Period Fiction Project and rediscovered the first novel published by an African-American woman, Harriet E. Wilson’s _Our Nig_.

Tina Dirmann is a sociologist and journalist living in Southern California. For the past several years she has worked in both the broadcast and print media. Currently she reports on the criminal justice system for the Press-Enterprise based in Riverside, California. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a graduate of UCLA.

John Ely is an independent writer living in the city of San Francisco.He was most recently employed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, working to implement the Dayton Agreement.

Takis Fotopoulos is a writer and the editor of Democracy and Nature; he is also a columnist for the Athens Daily Eleftherotypia. He was previously (1969-1989) Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of North London. His latest book is Towards An Inclusive Democracy--The Crisis of the Growth Economy and the Need for a New Liberatory Project (London & New York: Cassell, 1997). He is also the author of Dependent Development: The Case of Greece, The Gulf War: The First Battle in the North-South Conflict, The Neo-Liberal Consensus and the Crisis of the Growth Economy , The New World Order and Greece and the forthcoming Drugs: an alternative approach.

Ken Loach is a radical film-maker whose themes express his uncompromising political stand against the capitalist system and the reformist ‘Left’. Among his films are the ground-breaking film on homelesness Cathy Come Home (1966), the award-winning Kes (1969), The Big Flame about the strike of Liverpool dockworkers, Days of Hope (1975) about the defeat of the 1926 general strike, Questions of Leadership (1983) about the bureaucracies in the union movement which was banned from Channel Four, Land and Freedom (1995) about the role of the communist party in the Spanish Civil war, Carla’s song (1996) about the liberation struggle in Nicaragua and others. His latest film is My name is Joe (1998).