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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | real utopias | Scoop.it
Democratic Socialism - is it Ideal for Transhumanism?
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He realized just how important science and technology was at developing a post-capitalist society.
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What is socialism? // Propaganda [026]

A lot of people imagine socialism as social welfare programmes or state control of the economy, but that's not the case. Socialism is simply when workers control ...
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George Orwell's socialism - Red Flag

George Orwell is often presented as a critic of any thoroughgoing attempt to change the world.
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Slavoj Žižek on Democratic Socialism

An excerpt from a discussion following a lecture delivered by Dr. Slavoj Žižek on May 5th, 2015 at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die ...
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Ecosocialism and Ending “Capitalism At Any Price” - CounterPunch

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Ecosocialism and Ending “Capitalism At Any Price”
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Bolivia's Socialist Project and the Battle against Neoliberalism - Center for Research on Globalization

Bolivia's Socialist Project and the Battle against Neoliberalism - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the open­ing salvos of Latin America's uneven lurch to the Left in the early twenty-first cen­tury, Bolivia dis­tin­guished itself as the region's most rad­i­cal socio-political ter­rain.[1] Lef...
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Concerning Socialism - Huffington Post

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It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required....
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Can workers run the world? - Socialist Worker Online

Can workers run the world? - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it
One of the most common arguments against the possibility of socialism is that human beings are naturally competitive.
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The Main Obstacle to Socialism in Cuba - Havana Times

The Main Obstacle to Socialism in Cuba - Havana Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The wage system under State monopoly capitalism, imposed on Cuba in the name of socialism, has always stood in the way and will continue to be an obstacle to free associated or individual labor – the authentically socialist forms of production.
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International Socialism: Thunder on the left

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The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives. The most obvious evidence of economic weakness is that the relatively modest recoveries from the Great Recession of 2008-9 finally under way in the US, Britain and even the eurozone are dependent on massive infusions of money by the central banks. Leading economists join ex-US treasury secretary Lawrence Summers in warning that the advanced economies face “secular stagnation”.1 Meanwhile the Financial Times worries that slowing growth in the “emerging market” economies will push many in what it calls the “fragile middle”—the 2.8 billion people in the Global South with an income of between 2 and 10 dollars a day—back below the extreme poverty line.2
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Capitalism, Utopian and Scientific

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In the old days of the historical Left—from the late 19th century to the mid-20th—the most-widely read piece of Marxist writing was probably Friedrich Engels’s Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. In this short text, Engels sketched the history of capitalism and the development of socialist ideas and movements as part of that history. His main point, which provided the title, was that while early socialist thinkers saw their ideas—which typically moved from criticism of the present to detailed schemes for a future society—as discoveries “of this or that ingenious brain,” Marx had demonstrated that socialist thinking and movements alike were produced by the actual development of capitalism as a society riven by opposed class interests. Socialists no longer had “to manufacture a system of society as perfect as possible” but to discover in the social conditions created by history “the means of ending the conflict” between the classes. “The Socialism of earlier days certainly criticized the existing capitalistic mode of production and its consequences. But it could not explain them, and therefore, could not get the mastery of them.”
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The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar - Socialist Project

The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

The American political system, so highly polarized between conservative Republicans and moderate Democrats, has experienced in the last year some interesting changes on the left-hand margin of the national political scene. From Bill de Blasio's victory in the mayoral election in New York City, to Kshama Sawant's winning of a city council seat in Seattle, from the late Chokwe Lumumba's popularly-based campaign in Jackson, Mississippi, to self-described socialist Bernie Sanders’ talk of a run for the presidency, something new appears to be happening. Independent politics and socialist party campaigns, so long marginal to American political life and from discussion in the media, seem to be back on the radar again. This is all the more remarkable given our terrible election laws that make it so difficult in so many states to get parties and candidates on the ballot.

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Questions about socialism and value theory

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A: In general, I shy away from questions about how a future socialist system will work but in the Russian revolution the original intent was to only expropriate the big capitalists. In the immediate period, however, a policy of War Communism led to the expropriation of all privately owned firms, large and small. This was a function more of the need to disempower a middle class that was hostile to the revolution rather than comply with any socialist blueprint—which of course Marx never intended to begin with.

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How Socialist Is the Communist Party of China? - Dissident Voice

How Socialist Is the Communist Party of China? - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

Author Wei Ling Chua has written two interesting books contrasting western government and media narratives toward China, which Chua exposes as disinformation: Democracy: What the West Can Learn from China (review)Tiananmen Square “Massacre”?: The Power of Words vs. Silent Evidence(review).

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Debating with Vladimir Derer on socialist strategy - Workers' Liberty

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Yet at the Labour conference Tony Benn,,successfully opposed a proposal that any firms threatening redundancies should~be nationalised under workers' control .

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Popular Movements Toward Socialism : The Social Science Collective

Popular Movements Toward Socialism : The Social Science Collective | real utopias | Scoop.it

The following reflections deal with a permanent and fundamental challenge that has confronted, and continues to confront, all popular movements struggling against capitalism. By this I mean both those of movements whose explicit radical aim is to abolish the system based on private proprietorship over the modern means of production (capital) in order to replace it with a system based on workers’ social proprietorship, and those of movements which, without going so far, involve mobilization aimed at real and significant transformation of the relations between labor (“employed by capital”) and capital (“which employs the workers”). Both sorts of movements can contribute, in varying degree, to calling capitalism into question; but they also might merely create the illusion of movement in that direction, although in fact only forcing capital to make the transformations it would need to co-opt a given set of working-class demands. We are well aware that it is not always easy to draw the boundary between efficacy and impotence in regard to the strategies resorted to by these movements, no more so than to determine whether their strategic aims are clashing with their tactical situation.

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Utopian Dreamers - CounterCurrents.org

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They disagreed with Fourier that a new society could be broadly realised without class struggle, and that ideal projections could come real in capitalist society.

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What Was Socialism? - The Nation.

What Was Socialism? - The Nation. | real utopias | Scoop.it

Socialism and capitalism seem like natural antagonists, but their rivalry is Oedipal. To many, the relationship appears straightforward. Capitalism, they would argue, created the modern industrial working class, which supplied the socialist movement with its staunchest recruits. This story, variations of which reach back to Karl Marx, has been repeated so often that it seems intuitive. But it gets the lines of paternity backward. Capitalism did not create socialism; socialists invented capitalism.

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Occupy Sandy and the Future of Socialism - Truth-Out

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knight img The Occupy movement at a clothing donation center at St. Francis de Sales Parish in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, Nov 12.

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Michael Lebowitz on socialism and creative energy

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By Michael LebowitzIn the following interview, Michael Lebowitz, a leading exponent of socialism for the twenty-first century, discusses mobilizing the creative energy of the population as a decisive factor in building a socialist society.


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A party of advanced American democracy » pa

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"What is the character of a party of 21st century socialism?" Answering this question presents a special challenge, even before engaging its substance, to navigate the special vocabulary of 20th century socialist and communist dialog. It is a vocabulary substantially imported from political upheavals across the world that bear an uneven and often contradictory relation to the US, especially in the post World War II era.

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Socialism lays basis for a new stage of human history - Party for Socialism and Liberation

Socialism lays basis for a new stage of human history - Party for Socialism and Liberation | real utopias | Scoop.it

Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, once wrote that the socialist stage is the beginning of real “human history.” Right now our existence, our lives, our food, our education and basic survival are not guaranteed. People in capitalist society live under the control or at the mercy of the productive forces that are dominated in turn by market forces. Such political and economic forces determine how human beings function, and within that system the vast majority competes with each other for limited resources.

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The Collapse of the Socialist International in the First World War - Workers' Liberty

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“If our resolution does not foresee any specific method of action for the vast diversity of eventualities,” said Jean Jaurès in urging the adoption of the famous anti-war resolution of the Second International at its special conference in Basel on November 24, 1912, “neither does it exclude any. It serves notice upon the governments, and it draws their attention clearly to the fact that [by war] they would easily create a revolutionary situation, yes, the most revolutionary situation imaginable.”

 
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6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism - Party for Socialism and Liberation

6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism - Party for Socialism and Liberation | real utopias | Scoop.it

The following is an edited version of a talk given by Brian Becker, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Executive Committee, at an East Coast PSL membership conference.


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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation