[Marxism] Paul Le Blanc: The Third American Revolution -- How do we get from the capitalist present to a socialist future?

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Fri May 24 01:17:26 MDT 2013


Paul Le Blanc: The Third American Revolution -- How do we get from the
capitalist present to a socialist future?

By Paul Le Blanc

[A revised version of the following essay will appear in a visionary
anthology, Imagine: Living in a socialist USA, to be edited by Michael Steven
Smith, Debby Smith and Frances Goldin and due to be published in September
2013.]

May 23, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- How one
can
get from the capitalist present to a socialist future can be clarified
through
what one means by socialism and by how one understands the actualities of
capitalism today. The revolutionary pathway must obviously connect with both.

Socialism means rule by the people over the economic structures and resources
that we need to keep ourselves alive and healthy, to engage in creative
activity, to maintain good relationships with each other, to be able to have
good and meaningful lives. The economy would be socially owned,
democratically
controlled and planfully utilised to meet the needs of all. It could be
described as economic democracy.

This is a revolutionary goal – a fundamental change from an economic
dictatorship (ownership and control of the economy by a relative few for the
purpose of maximising the profits of that capitalist minority) to an economy
owned by all, democratically controlled by us all and utilised in a
coordinated
manner to meet the needs and provide for the free development of all.

What socialism is not – and what that means for how to get it

Full article at http://links.org.au/node/3366








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