Imagine: Living in a Socialist USAby Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, Michael Smith
The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and the 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 are poor or near poor
The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and the 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 are poor or near poor, living precariously on the brink, while the top one percent own 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 U.S.A., edited by Francis Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri de coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists—including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff— addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.
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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A clear outline for progressive politics for America
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?
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She looks at the leader and puts him in bed. When he wakes, the scientist is looking at him.
Pits his hand on his heart and recites the pledge of alligence
The lights go out and the roof rips off. All he could say as "Holy......." before a tree hit him.
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