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

A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America and worldwide.
In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. 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? 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.

Title:The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781541617391
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  • Kevin

    //April 14, 2020 Update: --After the collapse of the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign and its absorption into Biden/corporate imperialism, foreign policy journalists Max Blumenthal & Ben Norton critically...

  • Michael

    Urgent and emphatic, The Socialist Manifesto draws upon the history of socialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to consider what forms the ideology might take in the twenty-first. Written b...

  • Steffi

    The Socialist Manifesto (Basic Books, 2019) by Jacobin founder and publisher Bhaskar Sunkara. Spoiler: it’s not a manifesto, but it probably sells more copies calling it a ‘socialist manifesto’ ...

  • Barbara Allen

    This is an excellent introduction to socialist history and to the current democratic socialist agenda. Sunkara points to where repressive communist regimes went wrong while creating a hopeful narrativ...

  • Doug McNair

    This is a useful, enjoyable, and oddly misnamed book that succeeds on many levels but fails to deliver on its stated promise. I suppose Mr. Sunkara named it “The Socialist Manifesto” to show his M...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    Socialism was inconceivable twenty years ago in the 1990s the days of TINA (there is no alternative to Capitalism). These days the old cold war consensus is dead the political spectrum has opened up a...

  • Paul

    To be a socialist today is to believe that more, not less, democracy will help solve social ills – and to believe that ordinary people can shape the systems that shape their lives.Bhaskar Sunkara's ...

  • Jules

    The intro hooked me with it's look at workplace inequalities and precarious position of American workers and the idealization of what workplaces could be under a democratic socialist system. I expecte...

  • Eric Bottorff

    Beginning and end sections are the strongest. The middle chunk of the book, which traces the history of socialist movements and policies over the years, is competently done, though is both over- and u...

  • Ietrio

    Why waste time choosing among 10 000 yogurt flavors? Your leaders could tell what is the best flavor and you could spend your time foraging the streets like rats, mice, raccoons or homeless dogs....