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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 05:58 AM

Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously

Kshama Sawant March 23, 2015


After three decades of neoliberal economic policies and the staggering inequality they have produced, we are witnessing a rebirth of socialist ideals


As the sun set on the Occupy Seattle encampment in December 2011, the question “What next?” hung in the air, as it did over Zuccotti Park in New York City. The tents were gone, our spirits were dampened, but an awakened sense of empowerment prevailed.

The movement had given voice to a widespread fury at big business and a recognition of the gaping class divide. Key to Occupy’s success were the thousands of young people who had helped elect President Obama and had completed their own first steps toward achieving the American Dream, only to see their college degrees translate into crushing student debt and poverty wages.

Inside and outside the encampments, discussions about the moral bankruptcy of Wall Street began to evolve into questions about the viability of capitalism itself. A revived search for an alternative had begun.

Socialism has been declared dead many times. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing collapse of the “communist” regimes in Eastern Europe, the global capitalist elite launched an unprecedented ideological offensive. The obituary was written not only for socialism, but for the basic ideas of collective struggle by the working class.

Now, after three decades of virtually untrammeled neoliberal policies, with class questions again brought to the fore by unprecedented levels of inequality, we have been witnessing a renewed interest in socialist ideas. Half of the young Americans surveyed between the ages of 18 and 29 viewed socialism positively, according to a Pew Research Center poll in December 2011.....................more



http://www.thenation.com/article/198425/socialist-politics-heart-rebuilding-left#


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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 06:03 AM

1. Kicked for authorship and message.n/t

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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 08:10 AM

2. Millenials

Our youth are our future

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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 08:22 AM

3. I'm doing my part to be a positive socialist role model to the kids I know.

And when people thank me for things I do for them that they didn't expect, I tell them (truthfully) I do such things because I'm a socialist. Hopefully in some small way, it subconsciously gives them a better view of socialism.

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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 10:44 AM

4. I can't recommend this enough.

This says it all. Thank you! Let's get this to the greatest page! (Maybe even repost in GD? This needs to be seen!)

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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:28 PM

5. Socialism with the workers NOT the state in charge of the means of production

 

If you work there you should have a say there. Why does some rich guy who was born into luxury get to make all the decisions about the profits we workers create? We create the product and the profits we should decide what is done with it. We need democracy in our economy.

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Wed Mar 25, 2015, 05:02 AM

6. There is so much to imagine

That was taken away with the language of the true left. Say it. Socialism. Say it until you understand that it is a bright and shining word full of ideas and life and heart. I want to talk about the possibilities.

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Wed Mar 25, 2015, 01:43 PM

7. K & R !!!

 


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Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:38 AM

8. Kicked and recommended a whole bunch!

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Sun Mar 29, 2015, 07:57 PM

9. Marxism...which is why I love Richard Wolff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxism

Marxism is a worldview and a method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation. Marxist methodology uses economic and sociopolitical inquiry and applies that to the critique and analysis of the development of capitalism and the role of class struggle in systemic economic change
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Capitalism (according to Marxist theory) can no longer sustain the living standards of the population due to its need to compensate for falling rates of profit by driving down wages, cutting social benefits and pursuing military aggression. The socialist system would succeed capitalism as humanity's mode of production through workers' revolution. According to Marxism, especially arising from Crisis theory, Socialism is a historical necessity (but not an inevitability).[10]

In a socialist society private property in the means of production would be superseded by co-operative ownership. A socialist economy would not base production on the creation of private profits, but on the criteria of satisfying human needs – that is, production would be carried out directly for use. As Engels observed: "Then the capitalist mode of appropriation in which the product enslaves first the producer, and then appropriator, is replaced by the mode of appropriation of the product that is based upon the nature of the modern means of production; upon the one hand, direct social appropriation, as means to the maintenance and extension of production on the other, direct individual appropriation, as means of subsistence and of enjoyment."

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