Toward a New Socialism

Toward a New Socialism

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Edited by Anatole Anton, Edited by Richard Schmitt, Contributions by Matt Bakker, Contributions by Frank Bardacke, Contributions by Johanna Brenner, Contributions by Harry Brighouse, Contributions by Chris Dixon, Contributions by Barbara Epstein, Contributions by Fred Evans, Contributions by Ann Ferguson

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  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Format: Paperback | 530 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 224mm x 36mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 20 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0739118625
  • ISBN 13: 9780739118627
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Sales rank: 1,604,151

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Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. This book demonstrates that capitalism is destructive and limiting to the many ongoing campaigns to increase freedom, equality, and security. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle. The essays offer a new definition of socialism by investigating the theories and principles of socialism, its influence on social institutions, and its role in work dynamics. Raising important and unavoidable questions for contemporary society, Toward a New Socialism is a vital resource for scholars of political theory and the globalization movement, as well as a necessary read for every citizen under capitalism.

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Anatole Anton is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and former chair of the department. Richard Schmitt is professor emeritus of philosophy at Brown University and is currently teaching at Worcester State College.

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Intelligent and well-written essays filled with radical visions and sensible, humane policy proposals. This book will be extremely valuable for readers who think we can do better than the present system-and even more important for those who think we can't. -- Roger S. Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet's Future Recommended. -- H.G. Reid, University of Kentucky CHOICE ...the essays are first class- well written, well argued, and highly engaging...I would certainly recommend the book... Political Studies Review inspiring and hopeful... It is an important contribution to socialist thought... Against the Current, March 2009 I know of no other work remotely comparable to this anthology. The collection should make a major contribution to public debates regarding the feasibility and desirability of a more democratic alternative to global capitalism. The comprehensiveness of the issues considered also sets it apart. And the authors collected here form a veritable 'who's who' of leading socialist philosophers working in the U.S. today. Without question this is the single best collection of writings by contemporary U.S. socialist philosophers available. -- Tony Smith, Iowa State University

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Toward a New Socialism Part 2 Part One: Principles Chapter 3 Socialist Voices Chapter 4 Socialist Freedom Chapter 5 Equality Chapter 6 Socialist-Feminism: A Cooperative Vision and the Right to Care Chapter 7 Social Feelings and the Morality of Socialism Chapter 8 Can We Get There From Here?: Reflections about Fundamental Social and Human Change Chapter 9 Their Rationality and Ours Chapter 10 Social Hope and Prophetic Intellectuals in a "Hopeless World" Part 11 Part Two: Specific Institutions in a Socialist Society Chapter 12 Socializing Care: Reinventing Family Life Chapter 13 Schooling in a Socialist Society Chapter 14 Between Repression and Liberation: Sexuality and Socialist Theory Chapter 15 The Religion of Liberation: Theology of Liberation and Socialism Chapter 16 The Right of Association: The Shameful History of a Right Fundamental to Democracy Chapter 17 Democracy Chapter 18 The Role of Prisons in a Socialist Future or: The Incorrigible Ethos of Incarceration Chapter 19 Socialism and Technology: A Sectoral Overview Chapter 20 Social Justice as an Environmental Issue Chapter 21 Capitalism, Sustainability, and Climate Change Chapter 22 Marxism and War Part 23 Part Three: Promising Social Movements and Their Projects Chapter 24 Worker Controlled Workplaces Chapter 25 Challenging the "Market as God" Ideology: Living Wage Campaigns and the Fight for Socialism Chapter 26 A Politics and a Sensibility: The Anarchist Current on the U.S. Left Chapter 27 Multiculturalism as Solidarity: Globalizing Resistance Chapter 28 The New Solidarity: A Case Study of Cross-Border Labor Networks and Mural Art in the Age of Globalization Chapter 29 The Zapatistas: Lessons for the U.S. Left Chapter 30 Dear Sup. Much Obliged: An Afterword Chapter 31 An Afterword to the Afterword: The Zapatista Movement a Decade Later