The Case for Socialism (Updated Edition)

The Case for Socialism (Updated Edition)

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by Alan Maass
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608461080
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
04/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
File size:
182 KB

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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The Case for Socialism 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.