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Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA

de Frances Goldin (Editor), Debby Smith (Editor), Michael Steven Smith (Editor)

Altres autors: Tom Angotti (Col·laborador), William Ayers (Col·laborador), Kazembe Balagun (Col·laborador), Ajamu Baraka (Col·laborador), Terry Bisson (Col·laborador)28 més, Renate Bridenthal (Col·laborador), Leslie Cagan (Col·laborador), Mat Callahan (Col·laborador), Clifford D. Conner (Col·laborador), Blanche Wiesen Cook (Col·laborador), Angela Davis (Col·laborador), MartIn Espada (Col·laborador), Dianne Feeley (Col·laborador), Harriet Fraad (Col·laborador), Tess Fraad-Wolff (Col·laborador), Juan Gonzalez (Col·laborador), Arun Gupta (Col·laborador), Mumia Abu Jamal (Col·laborador), Fred Jerome (Col·laborador), Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (Col·laborador), Joel Kovel (Col·laborador), Paul Le Blanc (Col·laborador), Dave Lindorff (Col·laborador), Michael Moore (Col·laborador), Michael Moore (Col·laborador), Frances Fox Piven (Col·laborador), Michael Ratner (Col·laborador), Ron Reosti (Col·laborador), Michael Steven Smith (Col·laborador), Paul Street (Col·laborador), Steven Wishnia (Col·laborador), Rick Wolff (Col·laborador), Michael Zweig (Col·laborador)

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The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and the 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 are poor or near poor, living precariously on the brink, while the top one percent own 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 U.S.A., edited by Francis Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri de coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists--including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff--addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.… (més)

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This is a book consisting of a series of essays about a possibility of a socialist USA. It is divided up into three sections – why capitalism is bad, what a socialist USA would mean and how to get there.

The U.S. is more or less infamous for its anti-communism agenda; and for many, socialism is synonymous with communism. In a way, they are right as communism is a branch within the socialist tree. But because of the propaganda, mostly done in the 50's and 60's during the Cold War, most Americans view socialism as something bad. They instantly think about Mao's China or Kim Jong-un's North Korea. Because of that, this book definitely caught my interest right away. That's very likely because I personally stand by socialism and its values; I'm not at all supportive of capitalism and therefore, to read about ideas about how to make one of the largest capitalist countries into a socialist country was way too interesting to pass up on.

But I felt the book spent most of its time trying to battle the ”socialism equals communism” thought concept – and it did an awful job at actually succeeding. There's quite a few socialist countries and yet, the book keeps mentioning communist nations without trying to explain the obvious and very big differences between socialism and its daughter communism. That being said, none of those countries are truly communist either. They are at best corrupt communist countries which more or less just means they are non-communist nations claiming to be. I felt that was a big flaw in the book because they were quite bad at trying to get their points and arguments across as to how and why socialism would succeed as the main ideology in the US.

The essays varied in quality quite a lot; somewhere really good and it was for those I pushed myself to finish the book. It definitely contains a lot of interesting thoughts, point of views and ideas. I do feel like I'm taking something with me after finishing the book, but none of them really have anything to do with why the US should become a socialist nation, how it will be done and how it will benefit the community in many ways. There's a lot of talk about benefits, yes, but there's a lot of talk and few suggestions. That does disappoint me as that is what the book claims to be. How to make the US socialist. It mostly contains a bunch of dreams of how it could look like. But how do we get there? And what is really the difference between socialism and communism? I doubt many who didn't know before reading the book truly knows it now. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Goldin, FrancesEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Smith, DebbyEditorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Smith, Michael StevenEditorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Angotti, TomCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Ayers, WilliamCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Balagun, KazembeCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baraka, AjamuCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bisson, TerryCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bridenthal, RenateCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cagan, LeslieCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Callahan, MatCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Conner, Clifford D.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cook, Blanche WiesenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Davis, AngelaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Espada, MartInCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Feeley, DianneCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fraad, HarrietCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fraad-Wolff, TessCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gonzalez, JuanCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gupta, ArunCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jamal, Mumia AbuCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jerome, FredCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kaye/Kantrowitz, MelanieCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kovel, JoelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Le Blanc, PaulCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lindorff, DaveCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Moore, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Moore, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Piven, Frances FoxCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Ratner, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Reosti, RonCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Smith, Michael StevenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Street, PaulCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Wishnia, StevenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Wolff, RickCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Zweig, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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The polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes and droughts ravish the planet, and the 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 are poor or near poor, living precariously on the brink, while the top one percent own 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 U.S.A., edited by Francis Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri de coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists--including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff--addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.

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