Unpublished & Video

This page features unpublished work, including texts of selected presentations and drafts of articles, followed by audio/video of public talks or interviews.


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Contradictions in the “Lower Phase” of Communist Society, July 17, 1986.

People and Property in the Building of Communism. Presented to ‘The Work of Karl Marx and the Challenges of the 21st Century’, in Havana, May 5-8, 2003

Transforming the Capitalist Sector Into the Social Economy. Prepared for Nelson Merentes, Minister for the Social Economy, Venezuela, Jan 28, 2004.

The Rich Human Being: Marx and the Concept of Real Human Development, presented at ‘Karl Marx and the Challenges of the 21st Century’ in Havana, May 4-8, 2004.

Constructing Co-Management: Contradictions Along the Path. Presented to Encuentro Nacional de Trabajadores Hacia la Recuperacion de las Empresas, organized by UNT in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 October 2005]

Worker Management and Socialism, Presented at Centro Internacional Miranda in Caracas on 26 October 2007.

Is Marxism Dead? Preface to the Chinese edition of Beyond Capital, April 2, 2007.

The Struggles for Bolivarian Socialism. Parts of this draft incorporated into ‘Venezuela: A Good Example of the Bad Left of Latin America,’ Monthly Review (July-August 2007).

Worker Management, Human Development and Socialism, revised and extended version of Worker Managment and Socialism. Published in Spanish as Gestión obrera, desarrollo humano y socialismo,’ Revista Temas (Cuba, April-June 2008).

The Socialist Principle: Four Propositions Flowing from Marx’s ‘Key Link’ of Human Development and Practice. 2009.

The Spectre Of Barbarism and its Alternative: Eight Theses. Presentation for Centro International Miranda conference, “New international situation and construction of socialism in the XXI century”, Caracas, Venezuela. Sept 30- August 1, 2009.

Democracy And Dictatorship In The Workplace. March 27, 2010. Paper prepared for Centro Internacional Miranda workshop at the United Nations.

The Becoming of “Real Socialism” (2011) .  Examination of the original emergence of real socialism in the 1920s, considering the debates over industrialization, primitive socialist accumulation and enemies in the countryside.

The Path Toward Socialism of the 21st Century in Venezuela: Strategy, Prospects and Pitfalls. Public Lecture, IDS Visiting Speaker program, Halifax: Saint Mary’s University, November 20, 2015.

Socialism and Practice. Presentation at the University of Havana to the Federation of University Students, 23 November 2016



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The following videos may be viewed – except as indicated otherwise – at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHGeEGZxV4sz0DOG4RhQ4SQ


Pedagogy, Human Development and Socialism: The Bolivarian Revolution. Selections from a conversation between Peter McLaren and Michael Lebowitz, Part 1 and Part 2. Caracas, September 2006

Building it Now in Venezuela: Socialism for the 21st Century. Toronto, June 2007

Participatory Democracy and Human Development. Discussion among Robin Hahnel, Daniel Schugurensky, and Michael Lebowitz, Parts 1-5. Caracas, July 2007

Workers Control – Theory and Experiences. Panels and discussion hosted by the Centro Internacional Miranda. Caracas, October 2007

Socialism and Venezuela. Presentation to Socialist Alliance Forum, Parts 1-3. Melbourne, April 2009

Interview on ‘Against the Grain’ about topics in in Build It Now, on KPFA radio in Berkeley, California, June 25, 2007. Link here.

Intellectuals, Democracy and Socialism. Presentation to Encuentro Intelectuales Revolucionarios Realizado en el Centro Internacional Miranda, Parts 1 -3. Caracas, June 2009

Workers Control, Workers Councils and the Social Economy. Presentation to workers at ALCASA, the state-owned aluminum industry, Parts 1-4. Cuidad Guyana, Venezuela, August 2009

Interview on Cuban TV. Discussion with Aurelio Alonso, Parts 1-2. Havana February 2010

Reinventing socialism and recovering Marx. Parts 1-10. Zagreb, May 2010

The Socialist Alternative – Real Human Development. Presentation at SFU Harbour Centre, Parts 1-2. Vancouver, October 2010

21st Century Socialism: The Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience. Presentations to N. Poulantzas Institute and Transform Magazine, Parts 1-3. Athens, Greece — December 2010

The Concept of Fairness Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. Presentation to Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC) – the Fourth Annual Conference in Critical Social Research: Faultlines of Revolution! Ottawa, May 2012

Primitive Accumulation vs. Contested Reproduction. Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 2013.

Contested Reproduction and the Contradictions of Socialism. Presentation to the Center for Politics of Emancipation. Belgrade Serbia, May 2013

Spectres and Struggles. Zagreb, Croatia, May 2013

World Peace Forum Panel 2013 – Building Parties. Presentation to World Peace Forum, Parts 1 and 2. Vancouver, 2013

Economic Problems Facing Venezuela. Delhi, March 2014

New Paths Require A New Culture of the Left. Presentation by Marta Harnecker upon receiving the Libertador Award for Critical Thinking. August 2014

Democracy Under Capitalism and Socialism. Presentation to the International Seminar, ‘Socialism, Democracy and Visions for the 21st Century’. Hyderabad, India, June 2014

What is Socialism in the 21st Century. Presentation to Socialist Alliance conference. Sydney, May 2016

If You Don’t Understand the Second Product in Capital, You Understand Nothing. Presentation to International Conference:150 years of Karl Marx’s “Capital” – Reflections for the 21st century. Athens, January 2017