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Hamilton activist and author proposes "Radical Transformation"
New book explores world's environmental and political crisis

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Kevin MacKay speaking on Radical Transformation

Saturday, June 25 at 7 PM - 9 PM Rust City Brewery, 27 King William St., Hamilton. Free Media Release (06/13/2017) HAMILTON, ON - Hamilton professor, union activist and non-profit Executive Director Kevin McKay says we need to make some big changes to avoid environmental , political and societal catastrophe. McKay is celebrating the launch of his new book Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization at Rust City Brewery on Saturday June 25th at 7pm. The public is welcome to this free event.

McKay said "We have to decide. Either we continue down a path of intensifying warfare and ecological catastrophe, or we fully embrace a politics of direct democracy, equality, and sustainability. There is no other choice."

Radical Transformation is a story about industrial civilization's impending collapse, and about the possibilities of averting this fate. Human communities first emerged as egalitarian, democratic groups that existed in symbiotic relationship with their environments. Increasing complexity led to the emergence of oligarchy, in which societies became captive to the logic of domination, exploitation, and ecological destruction. The challenge facing us today is to build a movement that will radically transform civilization and once more align our evolutionary trajectory in the direction of democracy, equality, and ecological sustainability.

Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization said, "Kevin MacKay has written a wonderfully lucid yet thoroughly uncompromising account of our world's crisis. Drawing on a vast knowledge of history, human evolution, philosophy, and modern complexity theory, he tells a story that recognizes the marvels of human civilization while revealing its dark tendency towards oligarchic structures of power and exploitation. He then shows us how we can respond to preserve the best while defeating the worst. Radical Transformation is a tour de force."

Kevin MacKay is a sociology professor, union activist, and Executive Director of a non-profit community development co-operative. He combines extensive research into the crisis of civilization with years of experience working in movements that seek to transform society and build a sane and humane future.

Since 1977 Between the Lines books has published books that embrace critical perspectives on culture, economics, and society. Our work is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We gratefully acknowledge assistance for our publishing activities from the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishers Tax Credit program and through the Ontario Book Initiative, and the Government of Canada. ###


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Kevin MacKay, 905-481-4843


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