Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA

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"What are the possibilities inherent in Socialism? What is it? What can it mean to humanity ’s future? What would it look like in America? These are the questions raised in this exquisitely timely book. We must profoundly change the way we live, or we will not survive. A Socialism that we make ourselves could be the answer."—Alice Walker

The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and Earth’s population is threatened by catastrophic climate change. Millions of American jobs have ...

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Overview

"What are the possibilities inherent in Socialism? What is it? What can it mean to humanity ’s future? What would it look like in America? These are the questions raised in this exquisitely timely book. We must profoundly change the way we live, or we will not survive. A Socialism that we make ourselves could be the answer."—Alice Walker

The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and Earth’s population is threatened by catastrophic climate change. Millions of American jobs have been sent overseas and aren’t coming back. Young African American men make up the majority of America’s prison population. Half of the American population is poor or near poor, living precariously on the brink, while the top one percent owns as much as the bottom eighty. Government police-state spying on its citizens is pervasive. Consequently, as former President Jimmy Carter has said, "we have no functioning democracy."

Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri di coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. It features thirty-one concise and accessible essays by revolutionary thinkers and activists on various aspects of a new society and, crucially, on how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.

Contributors Include

Paul Street • Joel Kovel • Ron Reosti • Rick Wolff • Michael Steven Smith • Mumia Abu-Jamal • Angela Davis • Ajamu Baraka • Harriet Fraad • Tess Fraad-Wolff • Renate Bridenthal • Blanche Wiesen Cook • Leslie Cagan • Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz • Steven Wishnia •Juan Gonzalez • Frances Fox Piven • Arun Gupta • Tom Angotti • Dave Lindorff • William Ayers • Mat Callahan • Clifford D. Conner • Fred Jerome • Michael Moore • Michael Ratner • Kazembe Balagun • Michael Zweig • Dianne Feeley • Paul Le Blanc • Martín Espada • Terry Bisson

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Editorial Reviews

—Heidi Boghosian
Part history, part analysis, part call to action, Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, is a roadmap for anyone troubled by the social, political and economic inequities plaguing this country and the world.
Alice Walker
IMAGINE: LIVING IN A SOCIALIST USA is the book so many of us have been waiting for. ...exquisitely timely... We must profoundly change the way we live, or we will not survive.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-19
Passionate essays imagining a socialist America. Social activists Goldin, Debby Smith and Michael Steven Smith gather 31 essays by historians, social scientists, economists, journalists, psychotherapists, poets, reform advocates, a science fiction writer, a musician and a physician. Occupy Detroit leader Dianne Feeley dismisses capitalism--it "works for the 1 percent, but it's a disaster for the rest of us"--in one solid chapter, and other essays explore how socialism can foster equality, creativity and justice. Arguing that "who goes to prison is inevitably related to the role that the economic and political elites assign to persons in this society," Angela Davis suggests radical ways to transform the justice system by learning from traditional societies and considering "non-retributive" justice. Blanche Wiesen Cook, biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt, reminds us of community-building efforts by such reformers as Jane Addams and Crystal Eastman; journalist Arun Gupta proposes a socially sustainable food system; journalist Dave Lindorff proposes universal health care; educator William Ayers writes that the "ethical core of teaching toward tomorrow must be designed to create hope and a sense of agency and possibility in students." The concluding section contains 10 essays on "How to Make a Socialist America." Filmmaker Michael Moore and physician Joel Kovel reprise their rallying speeches at the Occupy Wall Street movement. Historian Paul Le Blanc argues persuasively for a third American revolution mounted by "a broad left-wing coalition" that could spark a mass socialist movement. Socialism, he writes, "involves people taking control of their own lives, shaping their own futures, and together controlling the resources that make such freedom possible….Socialism will come to nothing if it is not a movement of the great majority in the interests of the great majority….People can only become truly free through their own efforts." Le Blanc's cogent, well-informed essay sums up the book's main thrust: Only a politically aware, socially committed populace can effect important and lasting change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062305572
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 235,345
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    A clear outline for progressive politics for America

    A clear outline for progressive politics for America

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    It's time for a change in America. "Too Big" has faile

    It's time for a change in America. "Too Big" has failed. Do any of this books detractors actually have a problem with it's arguments are will we have to settle for name-calling and and insubstantial rhetoric. Where are the real critics?

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Incredibly hopeful book

    What a great resource! Love this book. :-)

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    Posted February 19, 2014

    LOL

    Is this a joke?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    The girl

    She looks at the leader and puts him in bed. When he wakes, the scientist is looking at him.

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    Posted April 24, 2014

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    Posted April 24, 2014

    &hearts &starf &beta

    Watch out.

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    Posted April 27, 2014

    Second in charge

    Pits his hand on his heart and recites the pledge of alligence

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    Posted April 27, 2014

    Leader

    The lights go out and the roof rips off. All he could say as "Holy......." before a tree hit him.

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    Posted April 24, 2014

    Chocloate train

    *a small locomotive chugs to a stop at the station, holding chocloate from Europe (res 10)*

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