Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA

Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780062305572
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 479,667
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Frances Goldin xi

Introduction Debby Smith Michael Steven Smith xiii

Section 1 What's Wrong with Capitalism? 1

1 Capitalism: The Real Enemy by Paul Street 3

Section 2 Imagining Socialism 23

2 The Future Will Be Ecosocialist, Because Without Ecosocialism, There Will Be No Future Joel Kovel 25

3 A Democratically Run Economy Can Replace the Oligarchy Ron Reosti 33

4 The Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future by Rick Wolff 43

5 Law in a Socialist USA Michael Steven Smith 53

6 Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice Mumia Abu-Jamal Angela Davis 59

7 Socialism Is the Highest Expression of Human Rights Ajamu Baraka 71

8 Personal, Emotional, and Sexual Life Without Capitalism Harriet Fraad Tess Fraad-Wolff 77

9 A Woman's Workday in a Socialist USA Renate Bridenthal 85

10 Dignity, Respect, Equality, Love Blanche Wiesen Cook 89

11 How Queer Life Might Be Different in a Socialist USA Leslie Cagan Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz 99

12 Drugs in a Society Where People Care About Each Other Steven Wishnia 105

13 Immigration: Immigrant Workers Point the Way to a Better World Juan Gonzalez 113

14 Welfare in a New Society: An End to Intentional Impoverishment and Degradation Frances Fox Piven 125

15 Food for All: Creating a Socially Sustainable Food System Arun Gupta 135

16 The Right to Housing Tom Angotti 147

17 Socialized Medicine Means Everyone Gets Care, Regardless of Whether They Have Money Dave Lindorff 155

18 Teach Freedom! William Ayers 161

19 Imagining Art After Capitalism Mat Callahan 171

20 Prometheus Completely Unbound: What Science and Technology Could Accomplish in a Socialist America Clifford D. Conner 179

21 First-Class News: The Media in a Socialist USA Fred Jerome 189

Section 3 Getting There: How to Make a Socialist America 197

22 Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go from Here? A Proposal Michael Moore 199

23 What I Would Do as Attorney General Michael Ratner 205

24 We Be Reading Marx Where We From: Socialism and the Black Freedom Struggle Kazembe Balagun 209

25 The Working-Class Majority Michael Zweig 219

26 How to Achieve Economic Democracy in the United States Clifford D. Conner 223

27 The Capitalist Road: From Chinese Sweatshops to Detroit's Decay Dianne Feeley 231

28 The Third American Revolution: How Socialism Can Come to the United States Paul Le Blanc 249

29 Imagine the Angels of Bread Martín Espada 263

30 Thanksgiving 2077: A Short Story Terry Bisson 267

31 You Are the Light of the World: Speech Via Mic Check at Occupy Wall Street by Joel Kovel 277

Contributors' Biographies 283

Index 295

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