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Readings About Socialism

Documents and Articles

So What Is Socialism? by Michael Baker
Can Christians Be Socialists? by Michael Baker
From Reformation to Transformation by Michael Baker
Why We Are Democratic Socialists
Socialism and Environmentalism by Rodger C. Field
Why We Need Socialism in America by Michael Harrington
More... by Bob Roman
Towards Freedom: Democratic Socialist Theory and Practice by Joseph Schwartz and Jason Schulman
In What May We Hope? by David Schweickart
Is the New Deal Socialism? by Norman Thomas
Why I Am a Socialist by Norman Thomas
Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism by Cornel West

 Audio and Visual Recordings

Talkin' Socialism Episode 3 -- Religion and Socialism. Recorded 02.12.2011: Gene Birmingham, a retired minister of the United Church of Christ, and Maggie Shreve, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, discuss religion and socialism. 30 minutes: MP3 (26.6 Mb) or Ogg Vorbis (19.5 Mb).
Talkin' Socialism Episode 4 -- Socialist Feminism. Recorded 03.12.2011: Judy Gardiner, Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, and Peg Strobel, Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, discuss socialist feminism. 30 minutes: MP3 (25.9 Mb) or Ogg Vorbis (18 Mb). Bibliography (DjVu) or Bibliography (PDF).
Michael Harrington on Socialism
Talkin' Socialism Episode 10 -- Karl Marx: a World to Win. Recorded 11.19.2011: Chicago DSA member Michael Aubry interviews Chicago DSA Political Education Director, William Pelz, about his new biography of Karl Marx. MP3 (39.6 MB) or Ogg Vorbis (29.3 MB).

Talkin' Socialism Episode 31 -- Democratic Equality. Recorded 08.30.2013: Dee Wernette interviews Joseph M. Schwartz on his award-winning book, The Future of Democratic Equality.

Part 1 -- What is "democratic equality"? How has the struggle for equality succeeded -- or has it? Do the means of struiggle for equality present an obstacle to equality? How does political theory contribute to political change? Download: MP3 (28.7 MB). (29:52)

Part 2 -- Solidarity: What is it? What are its boundaries? How does it intersect with freedom, class and other identities? Download: MP3 (28.5 MB) (29:42)

Talkin' Socialism Episode 13 -- Economic Democracy. Recorded 02.11.2012: Ron Baiman interviews Loyola University Philosophy Professor David Schweickart on "economic democracy" and "market socialism". MP3 (30.6 MB) or Ogg Vorbis (24.1 MB).
Norman Thomas and Max Shachtman

Book Reviews

"Socialism's American Roots" by Michael Aubry
The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Traditon
by John Nichols
"Cowabunga! Third Wave Capitalist Economics" by Ron Baiman
Lean and Mean: The Changing Landscape of Corporate Power in the Age of Flexibility
by Bennett Harrison
"Feasible Socialism?" by Ron Baiman
Socialism After Communism: the New Market Socialism
by Christopher Pierson
"Markets and Socialism: an Unfruitful Debate?" by Ron Baiman
Market Socialism: the Debate Among SocialistsI
by David Schweickart, James Lawler, and Bertrell Ollman
"Values and Strategy for a Socialism of the Future" by Ron Baiman
Economic Democracy: the Politics of Feasible Socialism
by Robin Archer
"Deepening Democracy" by Ron Baiman
Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance
by Archon Fung and Erik Olin Wright
"A Future for Socialism" by Gene Birmingham
A Future for Socialism? Political Theology and the Triumph of Capitalism
by Harold Wells
"Praxis Makes Perfect" by Gene Birmingham
The Subversive Gospel, a New Testament Commentary on Liberation
by Tom Hanks
"A New Program for Democratic Socialism" by Perry Cartwright
A New Program for Democratic Socialism: Lessions from the Market - Planning Experience in Austria
by Leland Stauber
"Waiting for the Jedi" by Will Kelley
by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
"Lord, Lord, It's a Bourgeois Town" by Bob Roman
It Didn't Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States
by Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks
"Socialisms: A Review" by Ralph Suter
Socialisms: Old and New
by Tony Wright
"Ecology and Democracy" by David Williams
Toward an Inclusive Democracy: the Crisis of the Growth Economy and the Need for a New Liberatory Project
by Takis Fotopoulos
The Conserver Society: Alternatives for Sustainability
by Ted Trainer

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