This chapter discusses how intellectuals dedicated to fundamental social transformation have become a rarity in American political life, along with the exclusion of a radical politics in the public discourse. It describes how Mills became a lonely crusader against the capitalist establishment and both political parties in the last of his life. It argues that Mills'invocation to study power in all of its dimensions and to ask what a new society based on principles of economic and social equality would look like endures as an unfinished and neglected series of tasks. Later in life, Mills was open to undertaking a comprehensive reexamination of Marxism from a critical standpoint and explored his own emotional affiliation to anarchism. In the current era, when ideology is construed in terms of the prevailing system of power, Mills' invocation of self-managed socialism, as opposed to various bureaucratic state socialisms, is worth emulating.
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