The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

by Bhaskar Sunkara


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From one of the most prominent voices on the American Left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism in the United States today

With the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like?

In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. The editor of Jacobin magazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. A primer on socialism for the 21st century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541617391
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 33,795
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor of Jacobin, which he launched in 2010 as an undergraduate at George Washington University. He has written for The New York Times, Le Monde, VICE, and The Washington Post. Sunkara lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 A Day in the Life of a Socialist Citizen 5

Part I

2 Gravediggers 35

3 The Future We Lost 51

4 The Few Who Won 81

5 The God That Failed 105

6 The Third World Revolution 129

7 Socialism and America 159

Part II

8 Return of the Mack 189

9 How We Win 215

10 Stay Fly 239

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

Index 261

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