Socialism Past And Future

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Socialism Past And Future

By Michael Harrington
Penguin, 1990
320 pp. $9.95

In this lively book, the late Michael Harrington draws on a lifetime of thinking and politicking to reject much that has passed for socialism and to define the new forms that will make it the only "hope for human freedom and justice" in the 21st century. The new socialism, he says, has to be truly international (unlike most socialism in past practice) and must be democratic in more than a political sense, providing real participation in economic decisions. Scarcely any past socialists meet Harrington's standards, but he makes his "visionary gradualism" sound pragmatic.

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