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The Case For Socialism Updated Edition

Author: Alan Maass
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608461084
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Is socialism an impossible, discredited dream or the only realistic path for human survival? If you're not sure of the answer, or are just curious about what the Left really believes in, you need to read Maass. He's the Tom Paine of the contemporary American left." --Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums "This is a vivid, fluent and rare book about socialism for those uninterested in tracts and excited by new prospects." --John Pilger, author of Freedom Next Time Growing numbers of people are disgusted by the disaster of poverty, war, oppression, and environmental destruction caused by global capitalism. But is there an alternative? Author Alan Maass argues that socialism—a democratically planned economy based on workers’ control—is rational, necessary, and possible. With an afterword by Howard Zinn. Alan Maass is the editor of the website SocialistWorker.org.

Historical Dictionary Of Socialism

Author: James C. Docherty
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810864770
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Primarily concerned with the historical roots and contemporary condition of socialism, the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Socialism offers information on writers, activists, ideas, political parties, institutions, and movements that sought_and in many cases are still seeking_to change the social and political order. It reflects the diversity in the broad movement of the left, the many variants of which include reformist social democracy, revolutionary Marxism, the New Left, and contemporary anti-capitalism. Taking up where the first edition left off, this thoroughly revised dictionary shows how socialism has been reacting, reforming and also expanding. This is done through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and a cross-referenced dictionary section with 114 new entries, some on the current leadership, others on the many new parties of Central and Eastern Europe and the Third World, and yet others on the reaction to globalization. This book will provide a mine of information for teachers and students of political ideologies, comparative politics, political sociology, labor history, and political theory.

Why Not Socialism

Author: G. A. Cohen
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400830633
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Is socialism desirable? Is it even possible? In this concise book, one of the world's leading political philosophers presents with clarity and wit a compelling moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated. There are times, G. A. Cohen notes, when we all behave like socialists. On a camping trip, for example, campers wouldn't dream of charging each other to use a soccer ball or for fish that they happened to catch. Campers do not give merely to get, but relate to each other in a spirit of equality and community. Would such socialist norms be desirable across society as a whole? Why not? Whole societies may differ from camping trips, but it is still attractive when people treat each other with the equal regard that such trips exhibit. But, however desirable it may be, many claim that socialism is impossible. Cohen writes that the biggest obstacle to socialism isn't, as often argued, intractable human selfishness--it's rather the lack of obvious means to harness the human generosity that is there. Lacking those means, we rely on the market. But there are many ways of confining the sway of the market: there are desirable changes that can move us toward a socialist society in which, to quote Albert Einstein, humanity has "overcome and advanced beyond the predatory stage of human development."

Socialism For A Sceptical Age

Author: Ralph Miliband
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859849477
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The final book by the noted British Marxist and sociologist, father of British Labour Party politicians, David and Ed Miliband.

The Radical Women Manifesto

Author: Radical Women
Publisher: Red Letter Press
ISBN: 9780932323118
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The complete guide to Radical Women -- a thriving activist, multiracial, queer and straight socialist feminist organization, founded in 1967 and still as subversive as ever! This updated edition of a women's liberation classic is an exhilarating exploration of Marxist feminist theory and activism. It is a unique and valuable resource -- a handbook for feminist organizing, a history of Radical Women's impressive work, and a sourcebook of feminist thinking on a wide range of issues. "Founded in Seattle in 1967, the working-class feminist group Radical Women continues to fight for social justice, freedom from oppression, and an end to capitalism. This Manifesto covers the history and theoretical underpinnings of the movement, from its Marxist origins to the present day, and establishes the goals and structures for Radical Women of today. This visionary Manifesto is for today's warriors, wherever we are. It's a brilliant guide toward our common goal: freedom." -- Debbie Brennan, Melbourne, Australia

The S Word

Author: John Nichols
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781784783402
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A short, sharp, irreverent rejoinder to right-wing red-baiting During the Cold War it became a dirty word in the United States, but socialism runs like a red thread through the nation s history, an integral part of its political consciousness since the founding of the republic. In this unapologetic corrective to today s collective amnesia, John Nichols calls for the proud return of socialism in American life. He recalls the reforms lauded by Founding Father Tom Paine; the presence of Karl Marx s journalism in American letters; the left leanings of founders of the Republican Party; the socialist politics of Helen Keller; the progressive legacy of figures like Chaplin and Einstein. Now in an updated edition, " The S Word" makes a case for socialist ideas as an indispensable part of American heritage. A new final chapter considers the recent signs of a leftward sea change in American politics in the face of increasing and historic levels of inequality. Today, corporations like other rich individuals pay fewer taxes than they did in the 1950s, while our infrastructure crumbles and the seas rise. "The S Word" addresses a nation that can no longer afford to put capital before people."

A Future For Socialism

Author: John E. Roemer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674339460
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In this text, Roemer proposes a new future of socialism based on a redefinition of market socialism. The Achille's heel of socialism has always been maintaining innovation and efficiency in an economy in which income is equally distributed. Roemer points out that large capitalist firms have already solved a similar problem: in those firms, profits are distributed to numerous shareholders, yet they continue to innovate and compete. The author argues for a modified version of socialism, not necessarily based on public ownership, but founded on equality of opportunity and political influence.