Taking Socialism Seriously raises essential questions about what socialism is and how socialists can reach it by addressing a long list of potential quandaries. The contributions compiled by Anatole Anton and Richard Schmitt describe how socialism differs from a reformed and more humane form of capitalism. Various chapters discuss suitable forms of love and family in a socialist society and economic arrangements within a socialist system. They also break important new paths by calling for significant social change, examining detailed questions that have previously been neglected and setting a new direction for radical theorists. Critics are often convinced that there is no alternative and therefore are content to reform capitalism. This book affirms that another world is possible.
About the Author
Anatole Anton is professor emeritus of philosophy at San Francisco State University. Richard Schmitt teaches philosophy at Worcester State University.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Anatole Anton and Richard Schmitt
Twenty-five Questions about Socialism by Richard Schmitt
In Defense of Marxism by Milton Fisk,
But What Is Your Alternative? Reflections on Having a 'Plan'
by David Schweickart,
Romantic Couple Love, the Affective Economy, and a Socialist-Feminist Vision by Ann Ferguson
Human Nature and Socialism: Taking Human Nature Seriously by Karsten Struhl
Socialism, Post-Capitalism and the Division of Labor by Anatole Anton
Socialist Solidarity by Richard Schmitt
Is Socialism Relevant in the “Networked Information Age”? A Critical
Assessment of The Wealth of Networks by Tony Smith
Beyond Capitalism and Socialism by Richard Schmitt
Social Movements and Struggles for Socialism by John L. Hammond
What People are Saying About This
A half dozen of our finest Marxist philosophers have outdone themselves in Taking Socialism Seriously. The Occupied Wall Street movement will not find a better guide to help them think through the deeper problems and possibilities of the new political landscape with which they have surprised us all. HIGHEST MARX (and an additional gold star for the exemplary clarity with which even the most difficult questions have been presented throughout)!
This timely volume shows that—whatever one calls it—it is essential to take the non-capitalist alternative seriously. Rejecting pat answers, the authors creatively explore topics ranging from romantic love and human nature to the division of labor, the 'information age,' how to combine democratic planning with the market, and the importance of social movements in the transition, thereby showing the necessity and viability of building a genuine alternative to capitalism.
After a seemingly endless period of quiescence, resistance to the depredations of the capitalist system has once more erupted throughout the world, reawakening a widespread awareness of the many evils capitalism brings in its wake. However with the end of Communism and the seemingly permanent crisis of socialist politics, it has become unclear what the alternatives to capitalism are. The essays in this collection explore that issue from a variety of perspectives—with a view to determining what remains living in the socialist tradition, what can be retrieved or reconstructed from it, and what must ultimately be discarded.