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Socialism and Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises

Socialism and Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises
By Richard D. Wolff MR Zine, September 14, 2014 ​Global capitalism has huge problems coping with the second worst collapse in its history. Its extreme and deepening inequalities have provoked millions to question and challenge capitalism. Yet socialists of all sorts now find it more difficult than ever to make effective criticisms and offer alternatives that inspire. Part of the problem lies with classic socialism as it evolved over the last ... Read more

Toward Cyborg Socialism

Toward Cyborg Socialism
Part of the point of Earth Day was to distance the nascent environmentalist movement from New Left critiques of consumer society, suburban development, and nuclear waste. In an attempt to avoid charges of “watermelon” politics — green on the outside, red on the inside — the message of the early environmental movement, as one Greenpeace slogan explicitly stated, was “I’m not a Red, I’m a Green.” As environmentalism went mainstream, green ... Read more

Underestimating Capital, Overestimating Labour

Underestimating Capital, Overestimating Labour
The US economy seems to be emerging from the latest crisis, albeit hesitatingly and with remaining fragility. A solid recovery would require a much greater and more consistent investment in infrastructure. This is unlikely to materialise so long as there is no organised working class threatening instability if governments don’t move to radically greater economic stimulus. By understating the extent of working class defeat, on the one hand, ... Read more

Declaring Victory Wherever We Can

Declaring Victory Wherever We Can
I’m fond of books that don’t claim to have The Answer but instead are useful guides in our search for answers. Such a volume is Cynthia Kaufman’s Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope, which expresses in clear, concise language thoughts that likely have been bumping around in the minds of many of us who reject capitalism. The book is particularly powerful because of its modesty; Kaufman promises no new grand theory and instead ... Read more

A Third Way: Post Capitalism, Post Socialism

Henry George, Buckminster Fuller and Louis Kelso: Three Architects of a Post-Scarcity Paradigm By Norman G. Kurland, Michael D. Greaney and Dawn K. Brohawn Center for Economic and Social Justice, 1999 Karl Marx, while we disagree with many of his conclusions, should be acknowledged as the most dominant thinker affecting the way political economists think about world poverty and mass powerlessness over the last two centuries. Marx cannot be ... Read more

Gar Alperovitz: The Prehistory of the Next Possible Progressive Era

By Keane Bhatt, Truthout June 2, 2011 At a time of acute pain for working people – when wages are stagnant, unemployment is high and levels of inequality are without precedent – historian and economist Gar Alperovitz sees not just despair, but hope. Providing rich details of grassroots experimentation born out of necessity, Alperovitz argues that the United States may become the birthing ground for a new, radically transformative ... Read more