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Arguments for Socialism

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Hardcover, 205 pages
Published September 1st 1979 by Jonathan Cape
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Jul 02, 2014 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Viewed with hindsight, Tony Benn's 1979 is devastatingly prophetic. Cassandra-like, he sets out the challenges of the coming decade, and predicts many of the major political crises of the 80s and beyond. He even gives more eloquent voice to Russel Brand's position, 35 years later, on the apathy and disenfranchisement now endemic in our political system. Unlike Brand he offers a democratic solution; because much as this book is an argument for Socialism, Benn's real concern is democracy. He belie ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Bithika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read extracts of Tony Benn's diaries, and I was really moved by some of his writing, (and also his politics) but this book was hard going. I was expecting something more personal, along the lines of his diaries but this book is not that. If you already like Tony Benn's earlier writing then you might like this.

I found the opening chapters very good. Tony Benn discusses why he is a socialist.
He describes the origins of the British democratic movement, starting with Christ (he includes a ver
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Although somewhat dated, an interesting read for both it's far-seeing relevance (it is scary how accurate many of Benn's predictions were!) and as a counterpoint to show how some things have changed very little and how our political situation could still benefit from many of his suggested solutions.
Although much of the specific information was mostly relevant to only 1970s Britain, the principles Christian socialist Tony Benn puts forward in this book are still highly applicable to America today.
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Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, PC (3 April 1925 – 14 March 2014), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1951 until 2001, and was a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1960s and 1970s. After his retirement from the House of Commons, he continued his activism and served as president of the Stop ...more
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