Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and Prospects by Stephen Eric Bronner

Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and Prospects

byStephen Eric Bronner

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2011

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Published more than twenty years ago, Stephen Eric Bronner's bold defense of socialism
remains one of the best texts to reframe the movement for modern audiences. Treating
socialism as an ethic and reclaiming its early intellectual foundations, while acknowledging and correcting its inherent flaws, Bronner advances a more robust theory of working-class politics for the twenty-first century.

Unfolding chronologically, Bronner's study revisits the labor movement's pivotal
figures—Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Karl Kautsky, Eduard Bernstein, Vladimir Lenin, and Rosa Luxemburg—and the major themes governing their work. He identifies the contributions of these individuals but also their missteps, particularly the moments in which critical innovation gave way to dogma, muddying the meaning of core principles and practices. Bronner confronts a host of controversial issues, including the relationship between class and social movements, institutional accountability and participation, and economic justice and market imperatives; the problematic processes of revolution and reform; and the tensions between internationalism and identity. Adding a new introduction examining the revival of socialist theory and the evolution of labor politics over the past three decades, Bronner's classic treatise furthers the intellectual development of a genuinely progressive politics.
Stephen Eric Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of civic diplomacy and human rights at the Institute for World Challenges, Rutgers University. Chair of the executive committee at U.S. Academics for Peace and senior editor of the internet journal Logos, he has published more than twenty-five books, in...
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Title:Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and ProspectsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231527357

ISBN - 13:9780231527354

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dick Howard
Preface to the New Second Edition
Acknowledgments
1. The Democratic Legacy of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
2. Karl Kautsky: The Rise and Fall of Orthodox Marxism
3. Eduard Bernstein and the Logic of Revisionism
4. Leninism and Beyond
5. A Bridge to the Present: Rosa Luxemburg and the Underground Tradition
6. Recasting the Project: Prologue for a Critical Theory of Socialism
Notes
Index

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Praise for the first edition:"A humane and erudite book. Bronner's bold analysis of the labor movement in theory and practice explores its past contributions and mistakes, reshapes its socialist legacy for the present, and illuminates the emancipatory project for the future."?Frances Fox Piven, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America"Provides one of the finest historical accounts of the socialist tradition yet written."? New Political Science"Bronner has written a book which helps prepare the groundwork for the realization of our collective dreams."? New Politics"An interesting, sophisticated, and deeply principled examination of socialism's past and future and will appeal to readers with a theoretical bent and an interest in its emancipatory project."? The American Political Science Review