The Case for Socialism (Updated Edition) / Edition 2

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Overview


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

We live in a world of poverty, war, and environmental devastation. A world where living standards for working people plummet while an elite few enjoy lives of unbelievable wealth and power.

Something different—an alternative to capitalism—is desperately needed. But what should replace it?

This book proposes socialism. A society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice—one in which people come before profit. A society based on the principles of equality, democracy, and freedom.

"Alan Maass' The Case for Socialism…should be required reading in every high school and college civics class. Clearly and accessibly written, it posits socialism as a viable and necessary alternative to capitalism."
—Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout

Alan Maass is the editor of the website SocialistWorker.org.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608460731
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,453,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan Maass is the longtime editor of Socialist Worker newspaper and the daily Web site SocialistWorker.org. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Historian Howard Zinn is the author of numerous books, including A People's History of the United States.
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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    Title should be "The Case for Change"

    I was expecting (finally) some theoretical description of functioning socialism. Or perhaps a detailed comparison of socialism to capitalism ( in particular "state capitalism"). Within that context, find out exactly how socialism MIGHT avoid the pitfalls that capitalism has exhibited.

    This expectation was unfounded and unfulfilled. Instead , the reader is presented with a rather thin recap of the current and historical class struggles anyone except the novice would already be familiar with. We are given only examples where socialism has failed with some debatable offerings as to why.

    Anyone purchasing this book surely knows that change is needed and why. The author could have advised simply to (re)read Marx.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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