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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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
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A clear outline for progressive politics for America
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