Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA

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January 27, 2014

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Frances Goldin (Co-editor); Debby Smith (Co-editor); Michael Steven Smith (Co-editor)

Editors of the book “Imagine,” along with some of the contributors to the book, talk about the problems with capitalism and discuss what a socialist America would be like. Joining the discussion are contributors Mumia Abu-Jamal, Frances Fox Piven, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Kazembe Balagun, and Ronald Reosti [and Richard Wolff]. This event was hosted by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City.

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Updated: Oct. 30, 2014

Imagine Living in a Socialist USA panel

Joe Friendly on May 30, 2014

Editors Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, and Michael Steven Smith, join with 2 of the many contributing authors, Clifford D. Conner and Mat Callahan to discuss their book, Imagine Living In A Socialist USA, how it got published, how it has been received, and wondering how socialism might happen in the USA and what it would look like, for example how it would impact the arts and sciences. May 29, 2014 at Alwan For The Arts. video: Joe Friendly

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Book TV: Co-editors: Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, Michael Steven Smith, “Imagine.”

BookTV on Feb 11, 2014

Editors of the book “Imagine,” along with some of the contributors to the book, talk about the problems with capitalism and discuss what a socialist America would be like. Joining the discussion are contributors Mumia Abu-Jamal, Frances Fox Piven, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Kazembe Balagun, and Ronald Reosti. This event was hosted by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City.

Full program: c-span.org

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  6. I’m not particularly interested in labels either, in political brands; but I am concerned with the authenticity of the content ~ in pure intelligence.

    I think all politics is about experiment. It is applied philosophy. If we were to apply cognitive science to the problem of governance, we’d likely conclude that one formula will not serve in every case, but the integrity of our methodologies might.

    So what does that suggest? What can we reasonably infer from the notion that we are all different and unique? I think we should agree to operate on the principle that individual self-determination should be the one single criterion of freedom, but accept that there can be no freedom without (ecological) responsibility.

    I read recently that something like 85 individuals now enjoy access to total wealth equivalent to one half of the entire global population’s income. Now, that is a mind-boggling obscenity.

    What then should be done? Do we just redistribute the “paper”/digital assets of the world “equally?” That would be an absurdity. It would be a pointless exercise in egalitarian idealism that would reduce an abstract whole to a flatland of naively quantifiable material banality. It just condones an endless scramble for miserable crumbs.

    I have a different idea. What’s the sense in just “giving it all away,” where’s this “away?” That’s just the same old philanthropic deceit that justifies totalitarian trickle-down capital ~ privileged “largesse.” No thanks! we need to reconceptualize wealth itself and reconfigure economy from the roots up.

    What is the wealth of the world? It resides in the oceans, the forests, the rivers, the habitats of life itself, in the landscapes of the human soul. We have to envisage what an ecological/indigenous civilization will be like.

    The power of the Sun is what makes it all possible, not the almighty dollar cult. Urban life and human arrogance cannot be allowed to dictate the terms. Intelligent, sentient life itself must call the shots. The one single principle that unifies everything is the ethical food-web that sustains the biosphere.

    I say turn the priestly cathedrals into greenhouses, let’s “Green God!” Does a snow leopard have a soul? Is a “gold bar” really beautiful? Is it even useful? Shouldn’t we just grow up a little & illuminate our minds with the true gold of inspiration; get real, get fair & get going?

    It’s been called the Great Work for good reason. So if that’s what socialism means, I’m all for it.

  7. Never mind moving on to socialism, I am interested in how capitalism would work, if the following were to be possible in capitalism, the conservation of the earths resources, the end of bail outs by taxation, to assist bankers in trouble, a rethink on military manufacturing, to finance the third world to the standard of the first, to respect all animal life as significant as worthy as human life.

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