Democratic Socialism wasn’t too big a part of the mainstream political conversation prior to the 2016 presidential election campaign for the average voter. But, after candidate Bernie Sanders introduced his platform and mobilized primarily young voters, the term entered a much more mainstream conversation. But, the word “socialism” carries its misconceptions thanks to history, so, here are a mere handful of new and new-ish (and a couple not-so-new) books to help get your head around it.
Crashing the Party: The Bernie Sanders Campaign and the Movement Beyond
By Heather Gautney
A Bernie Sanders campaign advisor reflects on the legacy of the senator’s presidential run.
Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
By Bernie Sanders
Sanders shares campaign trail experiences, and outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda.
Why Not Socialism?
By G. A. Cohen
In this very concise book, political philosopher Cohen presents a compelling moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated.
Socialism . . . Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation
By Danny Katch
Katch brings together “the two great Marxist traditions of Karl and Groucho” to provide introduction to socialist considerations on democracy, economics and the potential of human beings.
Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA
By Frances Goldin, Debby Smith, Michael Smith
This anthology stands as an indictment of capitalism as the root cause of social ills, and imagines life in the United States if we had economic and real political democracy. Featuring essays by thinkers, activists, and artists—including Michael Moore, Angela Davis, Mumia Abu Jamal, Rick Wolff.
Socialism: Past and Future
By Michael Harrington
After a terminal cancer diagnosis, Harrington asked doctors to keep him alive long enough “to complete a summary statement of the themes I had thought of throughout an activist life.” And they did, to this result.
The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism
By John Nichols
Thought it became like a dirty word in the Cold War U.S., socialism runs through the nation’s history, an essential part of political consciousness since the jump.
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