Why You Should Be a Socialist

Why You Should Be a Socialist

A primer on Democratic Socialism for those who are extremely skeptical of it.

America is witnessing the rise of a new generation of socialist activists. More young people support socialism now than at any time since the labor movement of the 1920s. The Democratic Socialists of America, a big-tent leftist organization, has just surpassed 50,000 members nationwide. In the fall of 2018, one of the most influential congressmen in the Democratic Party lost a primary to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who had never held office before. But what does all this mean? Should we be worried about our country, or should we join the march toward our bright socialist future? In Why You Should Be a Socialist, Nathan J. Robinson will give readers a primer on twenty-first-century socialism: what it is, what it isn’t, and why everyone should want to be a part of this exciting new chapter of American politics.

From the heyday of Occupy Wall Street through Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and beyond, young progressives have been increasingly drawn to socialist ideas. However, the movement’s goals need to be defined more sharply before it can effect real change on a national scale. Likewise, liberals and conservatives will benefit from a deeper understanding of the true nature of this ideology, whether they agree with it or not. Robinson’s charming, accessible, and well-argued book will convince even the most skeptical readers of the merits of socialist thought.

Title:Why You Should Be a Socialist
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250200860
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    Why You Should Be a Socialist Reviews

  • Thomas

    A helpful and accessible guide to socialism that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about class, labor, and socioeconomic systems. I come from the field of Psychology and grew up in a...

  • Jimmy

    This book should have been titled Why You Should Be an Eccentric Social Democrat. Nathan Robinson does a good job of gently convincing the reader to leave behind the worst of American liberalism. Unfo...

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    I’ll admit that there was some uncertainty before reading the book as to whether I might call myself a socialist or not. I have not traditionally labeled myself as such, although I support left-lean...

  • Pantsonhead

    I love Nathan Robinson, I am even subscribed to his magazine, but this book is frankly just embarrassing.The CORE of a good introduction to socialist politics is in here. Nathan uses some of the same ...

  • Ietrio

    Never mind the Gulag, they never understood Socialism well. Robinson promises the Heaven on Earth, probably after you die, but it's for a good cause, right?...

  • Andy

    Readable if rambling introduction to socialism in the context of 2020 America, with a theme of why Bernie Sanders is the presidential candidate who best represents what most Americans want. It clarifi...

  • Sarah

    Accessible introduction to socialist ideas, I highly reccomend it....

  • Haden

    this is aimed at the skeptic but as someone who already identified as such and has just So Many center-of-right family members, it's a great aid in organizing previously jumbled thoughts so i don't so...

  • Luke Zoromski

    If you do not understand why Bernie Sanders has such a movement, I recommend this book. If you want to feel hope and will to fight for a better world, I recommend this book. If you despise our current...

  • Robert

    Absolute garbage. Robinson's brand of Harvard Dandy Socialism is puke worthy....