Content of The Utopian Vol. 16.8 - 2017

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  • The Utopian Standpoint: Who We Are

    Oct 11, 2017

    Within our oppressive society are forces for hope, freedom, and human solidarity, possibilities pressing toward a self-managed, cooperative commonwealth. We don’t know if these forces will win out; we see them as hopes, as moral norms by which to judge society today, as challenges to all of us to act in such a way as to realize a fully human community

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  • The Utopian, Vol. 16, No. 8

    Oct 11, 2017

    Cover and Contents for The Utopian vol. 16 no. 8, October 2017--Charlottesville and Beyond, Dialogue on Social Democracy/Stalinism, and more.

    For earlier issues see Updates and New Discussion (Vol. 16 no. 7, August 2017) and Archives.

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  • Charlottesville and Beyond

    Oct 11, 2017

    White supremacists, fascists, and other alt-right bigots descended on Charlottesville on August 12 determined to inflict harm: armed to the teeth and wearing body armor, they marched with torches, chanted vile racist and anti-Semitic slogans, encircled counter-protesters, fired live ammunition into the crowds (as cops stood by), and threatened the lives of anti-racist clergy, culminating in a white supremacist driving his car directly at and through scores of marching counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring many others.

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  • Stalinism and Social Democracy: A Dialogue

    Oct 11, 2017

    I am using the term "Stalinist" to refer to people who believe that socialism equals total (or almost total) state ownership and control of the economy, and hence, of all society, however they seek to arrive at that goal. In my view, there is a spectrum that ranges from Sanders/DSA all the way through to the various Marxist-Leninist organizations, the CP, Workers World, the SWP, the Spartacist League, the RCP, the CLP, PLP, et. al. To me, they are all "Stalinists." In the United States and increasingly around the world, the revolutionary vs. reformist distinction is losing its relevance.

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