Michael Lebowitz

Michael Lebowitz is a professor emeritus of economics on Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Michael Lebowitz joined SFU at its beginning in 1965 to teach economic history and economic thought. Subsequently, he developed a growing interest in Marxian economics, and his main teaching areas became Marxian Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, History of Economic Thought and Twentieth Century Political Economy. Since retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2000, his focus has been upon Marxian theory and the theory of socialist economies.

Michael is one of the leading Marxist authors in the world, and he has spent a big part of his research to the problem of the possibilities of building a socialist alternative.

Michael is the author of a number of books, including:

  • The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to now (2015)
  • The Contradictions of Real Socialism: The conductor and the conducted (2012)
  • The Socialist Alternative: Real human development (2010)
  • Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism? (2010)
  • Build it Now: Socialism for the 21st Century (2006)
  • Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class (2003)

Michael spent six years (2004-2010) in Venezuela working as a director of the program for Transformative Practice and Human Development at the Miranda International Center (CIM) in Caracas, where he had the opportunity to participate in the building of “socialism for 21st century”.

Michael's books have been published in Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, China, India (in several languages), South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Norway. His current projects include books on human development and market self-management in Yugoslavia.

Several of Michael's talks and articles have been featured on Links online journal of socialist renewal.

This is Michael’s second visit to Australia.