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The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
"A good society," Michael Lebowitz tells us, "is one that permits the full development of human potential." In this slim, lucid, and insightful book, he argues persuasively that such a society is possible. That capitalism fails his definition of a good society is evident from even a cursory examination of its main features. What comes first in capitalism is not human devel ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Monthly Review Press
(first published 2010)
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This is one of those rare books on revolutionary leftist thought that is written in clear and fully accessible language. And yet, Lebowitz avoids the kind of speculative thinking that dooms so many similar books to the real of fantasy. Lebowitz basis his analyses on years of observations of actual on-the-ground socialist experiments in the Americas. As a result, he is compelled to contend with how those experiments figure within a larger praxis of socialist transition -- the great conundrum of n ...more