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Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright
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Interesting in some ways but ultimately quite frustrating and deficient. The most worthwhile part of the book is his discussion of strategies for transformation. He discusses three:
1. "Ruptural" strategies. This means a period of a fundamental break
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Remaking Society by Murray Bookchin
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More readable than his book "Ecology of Freedom". He suggests that the contemporary ecological crisis -- a topic Bookchin had begun to write on back in the early '60s -- has the potential for a "trans-class" social movement to transform society. If t ...more
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Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
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The author is an anglosajon immigrant to Spain who has lived there for 20 years & is raising his kids there. The title refers to a certain paradox he noticed about Spain. The people are very social, stay out to all hours partying at tapas bars, a ...more
The Contradictions of “Real Socialism” by Michael A. Lebowitz
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The Contradictions of “Real Socialism” by Michael A. Lebowitz
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This is an excellent, clearly written book. Lebowitz explores the internal conflict within the Soviet bureaucratic ruling class, between the plant & industry managers, on the one hand, and the political apparatchiks, military brass & Gosplan ...more
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The Third Revolution by Murray Bookchin
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The most important part of this book is Bookchin's discussion of the rebel activists in the Paris sections during the French revolution...the general assemblies that played a crucial part as centers of mobilizing ordinary people to rise up in various ...more
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Hammer and Hoe by Robin D.G. Kelley
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Well written history of the Communist Party in Alabama in the '30s. The work of the Communists in the early '30s in Alabama was impressive. The party was forced to be largely an underground organization, despite their attempts to be able to organize ...more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A variety of books have been written about how various European immigrant groups "became white". This novel, written by a Nigerian writer who came to the U.S. as a student, is an exploration of the experience of African immigrants in the U.S., and ho ...more
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Rebel Rank and File by Aaron Brenner
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Excellent anthology. Aaron Brenner's intro is very clear. Two interesting articles on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Articles by Kim Moody & Robert Brenner are quite good. As Aaron Brenner points out this mass strike wave & rebel ...more
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