Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left

Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left

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by James Weinstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813342511

ISBN-13: 9780813342511

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Basic Books


The Long Detour is an intellectually engaging overview of the history of socialism in the United States and of the continuing relevance of socialist principles today. Historian and journalist James Weinstein, a lifelong socialist and one-time Communist, takes readers from the movement's early years of utopian communities, through the heyday of engagement…  See more details below

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The Long Detour is an intellectually engaging overview of the history of socialism in the United States and of the continuing relevance of socialist principles today. Historian and journalist James Weinstein, a lifelong socialist and one-time Communist, takes readers from the movement's early years of utopian communities, through the heyday of engagement with the makers of corporate America, and into the future of a de-industrializing era. He contends that socialism as a political movement was sidetracked when Communist domination of the American left stifled creative social thought and diverted the traditional left into sterile disputes over the true nature of the Soviet Union. And he argues that while "real existing socialism" - which is what the Soviets called their system - is dead, the humane social principles articulated by Marx and the leaders of the pre-1917 socialist movement remain vitally important to those on the left who seek to realize the promise of American democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813342511
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1The First Round: A Home of Their Own1
2Birth Pangs: Socialism Enters the Real World17
3Limits of Growth: Principles Transcend Party45
4Good Intentions: The Russian Revolution As an Act of War77
5Playing Catch-Up but Losing Ground107
6Capitalism Collapses: Whatever Happened to Socialism?133
7Fronts, Decay, Amnesia, and a New Left169
8Thigh Bone Connected to the Hip Bone: The Women's Movement, Civil Rights, and the War Machine193
9The Hard Part: Socialist Principles in the Post-Industrial Era219
10Entering the Mainstream: What Is to Be Done?249
Bibliography265
Index271

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