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A stunningly original and timely collection that makes the case for socialism, American stylePart I: Is a New America Possible?
It's a strange day when a New York Times conservative columnist is forced to admit that the left is winning, but as David Brooks wrote recently, the American left is on the cusp of a great victory. Among Americans under thirty, 43 percent had a favorable view of socialism, while only 32 percent had a favorable view of capitalism. Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans questioned the fundamental tenets of capitalism and expressed openness to a socialist alternative.
We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style offers a road map to making this alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The book includes a crash course in the history and practice of democratic socialism, a vivid picture of what democratic socialism in America might look like in practice, and compelling proposals for how to get there from the age of Trump and beyond.
With contributions from some of the nation's leading political activists and analysts, We Own the Future articulates a clear and uncompromising view from the left--a perfectly timed book that will appeal to a wide audience hungry for change.
Table of Contents
Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin
How Socialists Changed America
Peter Dreier and Michael Kazin
Toward a Third ReconstructionAndrea Flynn, Susan Holmberg, Dorian Warren, and Felicia Wong
A Three-Legged Stool for Racial and Economic JusticeDarrick Hamilton
Democratic Socialism for a Climate-Changed CenturyNaomi Klein
Part II: Expanding Democracy
Governing SocialismBill Fletcher Jr.
We the People: Voting Rights, Campaign Finance, and Election ReformJ. Mijin Cha
Confronting Corporate PowerRobert Kuttner
Building the People's BanksDavid Dayen
Democracy, Equality, and the Future of WorkersSarita Gupta, Stephen Lerner, and Joseph A. McCartin
Who Gets to Be Safe? Prisons, Police, and TerrorAviva Stahl
On Immigration: A Socialist Case for Open BordersMichelle Chen
On Foreign Policy: War from Above, Solidarity from BelowTejasvi Nagaraja
Part III: The Right to a Good Life
Livable CitiesThomas J. Sugrue
What Does Health Equity Require? Racism and the Limits of Medicare for AllDorothy Roberts
The Family of the FutureSarah Leonard
Defending and Improving Public EducationPedro Noguera
Reclaiming Competition: Sports and SocialismDavid Zirin
What About a Well-Fed Artist? Imagining Cultural Work in a Democratic Socialist SocietyFrancesca Fiorentini
How Socialism Surged, and How It Can Go FurtherHarold Meyerson
Afterword: A Day in the Life of a Socialist CitizenMichael Walzer