Socialism: Past and Future (Critical)

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5.4 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist, bestselling writer, political activist, professor of political science, NPR commentator, atheist, and founder of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is also credited with coining the term "neoconservatism" in the 1970s. A major figure of the American left, Harrington is the author of eighteen books including The Other America: Poverty in the United States, The Social-Industrial Complex, The Twilight of Capitalism, and his autobiography The Long Distance Runner. He passed away in 1989.
"Mr. Harrington is a sensitive, compassionate advocate of a just, humane, and civilized future. . . . [Socialism] has a lively air of optimism and boldly challenges traditional ideas."--New York Times

"Magnificent . . . more than anything, this is a book about hope." --Los Angeles Time Book Review

"Harrington is a nondogmatic thinker, and this succinct, readable synthesis of the various strands of his thought conveys a sense of urgency deepened by his struggle with inoperable cancer. His blueprint for a ``visionary gradualism'' deserves a reading." --Publishers Weekly

"In this lively book, the late Michael Harrington draws on a lifetime of thinking and politicking to reject much that has passed for socialism and to define the new forms that will make it the only 'hope for human freedom and justice' in the 21st century. The new socialism, he says, has to be truly international (unlike most socialism in past practice) and must be democratic in more than a political sense, providing real participation in economic decisions. Scarcely any past socialists meet Harrington's standards, but he makes his 'visionary gradualism' sound pragmatic."--Foreign Affairs