6 of 38 people found the following review helpful
But what are the specifics?,
This review is from: The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development (Paperback)
Is this book just about getting elected and changing things through the state? That is what they did in china and the soviet union and Cuba. This simply can not be done. That's not the way the Capitalist's achieved power. They built up a new economy first THEN they sacked the King. So WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICS THAT THIS BOOK OFFERS? I have plenty of material on the problems of Capitalism but hardly anything on the solution. Only Cuba managed some kind of democratic socialism under impossible conditions. Marx said "...the point of philopophy or political economy (his works) is TO CHANGE SOCIETY NOT JUST UNDERSTAND IT. The review sucks as well as the summary/ No specifics-BORING, I can just read Marx for myself.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2010 1:58:27 PM PST
Tkrym is clearly a troll who hasn't read the book.
Posted on Mar 31, 2011 8:15:25 PM PDT
The transition to socialism occurs through the transformation of our social, economic, and political lives.
On the political level we have to elect genuinely leftist politicians who will further enable this transformation. To do this I would recommend joining political parties and organizations like Democratic Socialists of America, the Green Party, Socialist Party USA, etc.
On the economic level the author states numerous times that we must reverse the capitalist commodification of everything by de-commodifying as many things as possible, and by having the earnings of that exchange go to the laborers rather than capitalists. One way to go about this is to join cooperatives. They come in many forms and are applied to myriad aspects of the economy including agricultural, housing, manufacturing, etc. In addition to cooperatives, we must nonprofitize as much of the economy as we can. This can be done by engagement with local nonprofit organizations on standard service provision, as well as in 'nonprofit entrepreneurship'. Full support of the labor movement is also important for the transformation of the economy.
Transformation of our social lives comes with the engagement in local community organizations including neighborhood associations, block clubs, etc. The key is to build social interdependence between local residents. For instance, a type of organization the combines the economic and the social is that of the Community Land Trust. I would direct you to their website to learn more about that (http://www.cltnetwork.org/).
Posted on Oct 6, 2015 12:29:25 AM PDT
Brandon Louise says:
People should not trust commentator's review. He cites USSR and China as evolutionary socialism when they were revolutionary. Probably a troll.
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