8 Best Books About Socialism Update 05/2022

The cover story of the most recent issue of this magazine talks about what it means to be a socialist in 2019. It also talks about how the movement went from being “irrelevant, [from] the dustbin of history,” to becoming “nearly ubiquitous, at least among a certain type of under-35-year-old.” People who want to know more about the movement’s history have talked to a lot of experts, like Maxine Phillips, the former Executive Editor of Dissent, Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of the socialist magazine Jacobin, Vijay Prashad, a Marxist intellectual, and others. An editor at The Nation, Sarah Leonard, is a good friend of mine. Three people who study politics at Baruch College, Chiara Cordelli, and Corey Robin talked about the best books to start with. There are at least two experts who say that they like each book that is written.

Essential Works of Socialism

Two of our experts say that Irving Howe, a Bronx-born, well-known member of the Democratic Socialists of America who died in 1993, was a good author. A book by Maxine Phillips is called Essential Works of Socialism. It’s an anthology of important socialist writings by Marx and Engels, as well as essays by people like Djilas, Silone, Orwell, and Harrington on topics like welfare, economic power, work alienation, and the Russian Revolution. Philips: “This was the text for my first ever socialist reading group.” “I didn’t have to read a lot of pages of Marx, Engels, and other people.”

Socialism And America

Bhaskar Sunkara and Mitchell Cohen like Socialism and America, a set of six essays written by Howe in 1985 that look at the socialist movement and think about its future. Sunkara: “Howe takes us from the days of the populists to the creation of the Socialist and Communist parties so that we can get a sense of how well-established the socialist tradition was in the United States for a while and also why it faded away for so long.”

Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1

Karl Marx’s 1867 book, which is the most-cited book in the social sciences written before 1950, is a favorite of many of our experts, and he talks about the economic patterns that make capitalism work. There is a lot to like about this book, says Vijay Prashad. I love how well-written it is, how funny the literary references are, and how good the footnotes are. ” You should take it with you if you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life. A lot of people think the book is hard, but Sarah Leonard says that’s not true. She says the book isn’t as hard as people think. Anybody can read Capital! If you want to do this, I think you should start with David Harvey’s free online lectures (or his books) and a few good friends. In order to be a socialist, you don’t need to read Capital. But no other book explains capitalism’s logic so well. Besides, there are also vampires in the movie

The Romance of American Communism

The Romance of American Communism is a 1977 book written by Vivian Gornick, who grew up in a Jewish immigrant family in the Bronx. Gornick interviews 45 former Communists to find out why they joined the party, how it changed their lives, and how they feel about it now. As Corey Robin says, “Socialists are often made out to be ideologues and automatons, zealots who don’t have a soul.” Romance might be the best book ever written about that kind of inner life. Isn’t it true that Gornick was talking about Communist Party members? But she was really talking about everyone in the socialist tradition who was truly committed to making a world without capitalism, why they saw their own personal destiny as linked to that struggle, and what happened to them when they were faced with its crushing disappointments and terrible realities. agrees with Sunkara: When we think of the Communist Party USA, we often think of the dull and monolithic “Marxist-Leninism” of the Soviet Union when we do. “But Gornick shows how the party was defined by the many social institutions and clubs that many people used to belong to.”

The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues

Many of our experts suggested books by Angela Davis, a political activist, academic, and author. Davis was a member of the Communist Party until 1991, and she was a member until then. Professor Cordelli and Professor Wolin said they liked the book The Meaning of Freedom, in which Davis talks about power, race, gender, class, incarceration, and conservatism. Professor Cordelli says this book is important because it helps people understand why class struggle can’t be separated from other forms of social struggle, like race and gender struggles. It’s important to have this collection of speeches Davis made between 1994 and 2009, says Professor Wolin. “It’s also very easy to find.”

Women, Race, & Class

It was recommended by three of our experts: Kate Aronoff and Bhaskar Sunkara and Sarah Leonard. In Davis’s book “Women, Race, & Class,” she shows how some in the women’s movement were racist and classist, and how this split up the movement itself. Leonard: “This book is very important.” “And a foundational text in the reproductive justice movement, Killing the Black Body, is also a must-read.”

Socialism: Past and Future

Several of our experts told us to read the book “Socialism,” which was written by the founder of the Democratic Socialists of America. He gives a broad picture of how the socialist movement started, what happened, and how it sometimes clashed with liberalism. Sunkara says that Harrington does a good job. Phillips: “It’s a great piece of art.” “It explains democratic socialism to people who don’t study politics.”

The Fall and Rise of the British Left by Andrew Murray

“In 10 days, Britain could wake up and find that it was run by semi-Marxists for the first time in its history.” If so, Andrew Murray would become one of the most powerful people in the United Kingdom, even though he is already one of them. As a guide to how Jeremy Corbyn thinks, his new book could be very useful for people who aren’t familiar with Labour’s ongoing civil war.”

Jim Pickard, the Financial Times, says that Jim Pickard:

Those who want to know where Corbynism comes from should read this book. It talks about the policies, personalities and moments of resistance that have led to this new direction. Among other things, this story talks about power fights in Labour Party, and how New Labour was defeated in the end. The policies of the movement have been changed by groups outside of it, like unions, feminist groups, anti-fascist groups, and anti-war protesters. As well as the powerful influence of international groups that have helped shape the world’s chances for progressive politics around the world,

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