We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style
A stunningly original and timely collection that makes the case for "socialism, American style"
It's a strange day when a New York Times conservative columnist is forced to admit that the left is winning, but as David Brooks wrote recently, "the American left is on the cusp of a great victory." Among Americans under thirty, 43 percent had a favorable view of socialism, while only 32 percent had a favorable view of capitalism. Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans questioned the fundamental tenets of capitalism and expressed openness to a socialist alternative.
We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style offers a road map to making this alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The book includes a crash course in the history and practice of democratic socialism, a vivid picture of what democratic socialism in America might look like in practice, and compelling proposals for how to get there from the age of Trump and beyond.
With contributions from some of the nation's leading political activists and analysts, We Own the Future articulates a clear and uncompromising view from the left--a perfectly timed book that will appeal to a wide audience hungry for change.
Table of Contents
Part I: Is a New America Possible?
Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin
How Socialists Changed America
Peter Dreier and Michael Kazin
Toward a Third Reconstruction
Andrea Flynn, Susan Holmberg, Dorian Warren, and Felicia Wong
A Three-Legged Stool for Racial and Economic Justice
Democratic Socialism for a Climate-Changed Century
Part II: Expanding Democracy
Bill Fletcher Jr.
We the People: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance, and Election Reform
J. Mijin Cha
Confronting Corporate Power
Building the People's Banks
Democracy, Equality, and the Future of Workers
Sarita Gupta, Stephen Lerner, and Joseph A. McCartin
Who Gets to Be Safe? Prisons, Police, and Terror
On Immigration: A Socialist Case for Open Borders
On Foreign Policy: War from Above, Solidarity from Below
Part III: The Right to a Good Life
Thomas J. Sugrue
What Does Health Equity Require? Racism and the Limits of Medicare for All
The Family of the Future
Defending and Improving Public Education
Reclaiming Competition: Sports and Socialism
What About a Well-Fed Artist? Imagining Cultural Work in a Democratic Socialist Society
How Socialism Surged, and How It Can Go Further
Afterword: A Day in the Life of a Socialist Citizen
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About the Author
Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College. He lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University and a co-editor of Dissent magazine. He lives in Washington, DC.
Journalist Kate Aronoff's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, Dissent, Jacobin, and the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn.
Praise for We Own the Future
"This volume stands out for its multivoiced approach and the depth of its analysis. Liberal organizers and activists, and those seeking an education on current trends in left-wing politics, should consider this a must-read."
"Sensible and convincing. . . . A book of inspired opinion certain to provoke spirited political debate and proactive discussions."