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Socialism UnboundPrinciples, Practices, and Prospects$
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Stephen Eric Bronner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153836

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153836.001.0001

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Recasting the Project

Recasting the Project

Prologue for a Critical Theory of Socialism

(p.145) 6 Recasting the Project
Socialism Unbound

Stephen Eric Bronner

Columbia University Press

The idea of socialism has been distorted in every imaginable way. This chapter argues that creating a new understanding of socialism means linking an immanent critique of its historical development with a sense of what remains unrealized from its past. There is also a need for inspiring ideals and the most potentially radical is the ideal of internationalism. Only with a new internationalist commitment can the socialist idea confront the lingering forms of authoritarianism and an increasingly powerful capitalist logic of accumulation. Only by recognizing the way in which socialism is no longer what is once was can the class ideal confirm the connection between the unfulfilled values of the labor movement, the moment of critique within its seemingly encrusted ideology, and the need for positive speculative proposals capable of expanding the realm of personal experience.

Keywords:   socialism, capitalism, communism, ideals, internationalism

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