Living in a Socialist USA

By Frances Goldin; Debby Smith; Michael Smith
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062305572, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 2014

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"What are the possibilities inherent in Socialism? What is it? What can it mean to humanity 's future? What would it look like in America? These are the questions raised in this exquisitely timely book. We must profoundly change the way we live, or we will not survive. A Socialism that we make ourselves could be the answer."--Alice Walker

The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and Earth's population is threatened by catastrophic climate change. Millions of American jobs have been sent overseas and aren't coming back. Young African American men make up the majority of America's prison population. Half of the American population is poor or near poor, living precariously on the brink, while the top one percent owns as much as the bottom eighty. Government police-state spying on its citizens is pervasive. Consequently, as former President Jimmy Carter has said, "we have no functioning democracy."

Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri di coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. It features thirty-one concise and accessible essays by revolutionary thinkers and activists on various aspects of a new society and, crucially, on how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.

Contributors Include

Paul Street - Joel Kovel - Ron Reosti - Rick Wolff - Michael Steven Smith - Mumia Abu-Jamal - Angela Davis - Ajamu Baraka - Harriet Fraad - Tess Fraad-Wolff - Renate Bridenthal - Blanche Wiesen Cook - Leslie Cagan - Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz - Steven Wishnia -Juan Gonzalez - Frances Fox Piven - Arun Gupta - Tom Angotti - Dave Lindorff - William Ayers - Mat Callahan - Clifford D. Conner - Fred Jerome - Michael Moore - Michael Ratner - Kazembe Balagun - Michael Zweig - Dianne Feeley - Paul Le Blanc - Martin Espada - Terry Bisson

About the Author

Ann Bradley attended Kansas State University and her love for horses goes back more than fifty years to her childhood. From the Mission Valley Pony Club to working on a Wyoming cattle ranch, she showed hunter/jumper, broke and started colts, galloped and conditioned racehorses, and was the hunt seat instructor for the Park College Equine Program. Ms. Bradley is currently a freelance trainer and riding instructor in the Kansas City area.

Through his photography and writing, Smith dedicated his talents to the promotion and preservation of New Orleans' black culture, with special emphasis on the spiritual and musical aspects. He was also well known for Jazz Fest Memories, a documentation of the world-famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Mardi Gras Indians, which is about the enchanting and mysterious costumes and traditions of African-Americans during Mardi Gras.
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